Anesthesia Services

A surgical event or any visit to a hospital can be an unsettling experience for a child. Preparing children for surgery or other diagnostic or therapeutic procedure and ensuring their comfort and safety is the primary role of an anesthesiologist.

Anesthesia outside the operating room

Circumstances may arise that are unrelated to surgery when your child may require general anesthesia. For example, general anesthesia may be used to increase a child’s comfort level during radiation therapy, a CT scan or procedures used in treating cancer. Our anesthesiologists adhere to strict guidelines in the use of and administration of non-operative anesthesia for children.

Anesthesia for surgery

Prior to surgery, you will meet with the anesthesiologist, who will review your child’s history and consult with you to formulate an anesthetic plan that includes managing post-operative pain. He or she will also address any questions or concerns you might have.

Children often experience pre-operative fear or anxiety, and your anesthesiologist will discuss options to manage their stress prior to surgery.

Learn more about preparing for pediatric surgery.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital maintains the highest standards for anesthesia care and is committed to the emotional and physical well-being of children undergoing a surgical procedure. A board-certified anesthesiologist will ensure that your child is safe and comfortable prior to, during and after surgery. We follow national standards for sterility and monitoring and use state-of-the-art equipment and technology.

The Anesthesiology/Pain Medicine Center is an outpatient department of Northwestern Memorial Hospital and is required to meet the very highest standards of care, safety and quality.

Administering anesthesia to children requires special attention and consideration. Among the concerns are mitigating or eliminating side effects or adverse effects. The Department of Anesthesiology at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital is staffed by board-certified anesthesiologists who specialize in pediatric and neonatal anesthesia.

The Anesthesiology/Pain Medicine Center is an outpatient department of Northwestern Memorial Hospital and is required to meet the very highest standards of care, safety and quality.