Although there are several different types, when most people think of anesthesia they are thinking about general anesthesia. General anesthesia deals with total unconsciousness through either inhaled or injected drugs.
The Department of General Anesthesiology at Cleveland Clinic is one of the largest programs of its kind in the nation, providing comprehensive anesthesia services for all non-cardiothoracic surgical subspecialties, including all outpatient surgery. This group of more than 75 anesthesiologists performs in excess of 39,000 anesthetics annually.
“The Department of General Anesthesiology realizes the Anesthesiology Institute’s shared destiny of joining together in a collaborative effort to establish the world’s leading, most innovative and highest performing clinical and academic anesthesiology practice and program.”
— Wolf Stapelfeldt, MD
Chairman, General Anesthesiology Department
- Anesthesia for ambulatory surgery in the Crile Building Ambulatory Surgery Center and in the Cole Eye Institute, both located on Cleveland Clinic’s main campus
- Preoperative anesthesia assessments through our preoperative anesthesia consultation and evaluation (PACE) clinic. Our state-of-the-art, online self-administered clinical history assessment tool aids timely clearance
- Perioperative acute care in the same day surgery unit (SDSU) and two post-anesthesia care units (PACUs)
- Continuing critical care services in the surgical intensive care unit (SICU) by dual board-certified specialists. Consultation for hemodynamic monitoring and management of respiratory problems are offered by the SICU staff.