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What to Expect

Penn Pain Medicine Center

The Department of Anesthesia at the University of Pennsylvania Health System provides expert anesthesia care for the full spectrum of medical and surgical indications seen at a major tertiary care academic institution and level 1 trauma center.

  • Liver, heart, and lung transplants are all managed by individuals with special expertise in these procedures.
  • General intraoperative care is divided by into procedure-related areas: cardiovascular and thoracic, neurological, genitourinary, general, otorhinolarygologic (ENT), orthopedic, and gynecologic.
  • Anesthesia during childbirth is provided by obstetrical anesthesiologists.
  • A separate Day Surgery Unit facilitates management of patients who will return home the day of surgery. Some short therapeutic procedures or diagnostic studies such as special X-rays need the presence and special skills of an anesthesiologist.

Anesthesiologists also participate in the care of patients in both the Surgical and Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Units. Pain management services for both acute and chronic pain are also provided by anesthesiologists with special qualifications in this area.

To learn more, visit our Anesthesiology patient care web site.


Anesthesiology faculty physicians at the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine