Surgery and medical procedures can be difficult for you and your child. While we can never fully remove the stress of a procedure involving your family, our pediatric anesthesiologists make sure you and your child are comfortable and safe during surgery. Our pediatric anesthesiology department is an important part of our surgical team.
What is a Pediatric Anesthesiologist?
Pediatric anesthesiologists are specialists who help manage the medical care of your child before, during, and after surgery. They make sure your child is properly anesthetized (unconscious), if necessary, and continue to monitor vital signs throughout the procedure.
Pediatric anesthesiologists also work to prevent and manage any pain during a procedure. They play a key role in deciding when your child is ready to go home or can be moved to a recovery area.
Why is it Important to Have a Pediatric Anesthesiologist?
Children aren’t just little adults; they have evolving bodies, different diseases, and need different surgeries. At UVA Health Children's, our anesthesiologists have specialized training in pediatric care.
We treat over 2,500 children a year, with a special emphasis on children under 1 year old, including neonatal and premature infants. We also see children with congenital heart disease and complex medical issues.
Caring for Children and Families
Having a child in surgery is difficult and stressful, and we know that communicating with the family is essential. If your child needs the care of a pediatric anesthesiologist, we’ll make sure you know exactly what’s happening throughout the process.
Find out more about pediatric surgery.