Putting comfort in your care

You or your child may be having surgery, or facing a pain management issue. No matter your situation, Stamford Health has a dedicated group of anesthesiologists to help make the experience as pain-free as possible.

Our talented staff of 29 board-certified anesthesiologists and 8 nurse anesthetists completes over 20,000 procedures a year. You can take comfort in knowing our team:

  • Is skilled in regional anesthesia and intravenous sedation in the operating room, labor and delivery, the emergency room, and radiology.
  • Cover 20 locations—which means more flexibility for you.
  • Has a fellowship-trained pediatric anesthesiologist, regional pain management. anesthesiologists, and 3 fellowship-trained cardiac anesthesiologists.

Our Dedication to Pain Management

Our team has made a number of important advances and developments when it comes to your pain management:

  • We’ve recently offered a revolutionary option, thoracic paravertebral blocks, for those undergoing mastectomy or complex breast surgery. That means earlier discharge if you’d prefer to recover at home.
  • If you’re having major abdominal surgery, it can now be nearly painless thanks to the option of a sophisticated nerve block placed in the abdomen. This reduces the need for narcotics after your operation.
  • Our pain management service is recognized as a “center of excellence” and doctors from other hospitals come to TSH to be trained by our highly trained regional anesthesia experts.

Our Dedication to Cardiac Anesthesiology

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We're here to help. For questions about the Division of Cardiac Anesthesiology, call Dr. Amy Crane, division director, at 203.348.2614.

The Division of Cardiac Anesthesiology has played a critical role in the perioperative management of cardiac surgical patients since the beginning of the cardiac surgery program at Stamford Hospital in January 2008. Care is provided by board-certified anesthesiologists with special training in cardiac anesthesiology. They’re also certified by the American Board of Echocardiography. The division provides perioperative consultations, on both an inpatient and outpatient basis, to all patients scheduled for cardiac surgery, general surgical procedures, and for medical patients.

Our cardiac anesthesiologists are involved in a variety of surgical procedures like:

  • Coronary artery bypass
  • Graft and valve replacement surgery
  • Repair of the aortic aneurysm and aortic dissection
  • Electrophysiologic ablation to treat heart rhythm disturbances
  • Elective or emergency cardioversion
  • Implantable defibrillator device insertion
  • TEE for cardiac surgery and critical care

Our Approach to Pediatric Anesthesiology

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We're here to help. For questions about the Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology, call Dr. Tara Doherty at 203.348.2614.

When it comes to surgery and your child, we understand the importance of extra care. The anesthesiology team here at Stamford Health is also skilled in meeting the sensitive needs of children. Every year, over 1,000 children of all ages receive anesthesia at our hospital. Our multidisciplinary team of pediatric surgical specialists is experienced in:

  • General surgery
  • Urologic surgery
  • Pulmonology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Cardiology
  • Orthopedics
  • Ear, nose, and throat surgery
  • Diagnostic testing like MRIs and CT scans
Before Your Child’s Surgery

We promise to make your child feel as comfortable and safe as possible. To help achieve this, we offer:

  • Tours of the operating room for the whole family—get to know the environment, as well as our anesthesiologists and nurses.
  • Tours of the pediatric floor and meet-and-greets with pediatric nurses if your child will be staying overnight.
The Day of Your Child’s Surgery

Here’s what you can expect:

  • You’ll accompany your child to a room where a nurse will greet you and take any additional medical information, including weight.
  • You’ll be invited into the operating room if you wish to be there for the induction of anesthesia.
  • If your child is very young, he or she will most likely receive anesthesia by inhaling a sweet-scented gas through a mask.

After surgery, our goal is to keep your child as comfortable and pain-free as possible. We do this by giving them the appropriate intravenous or oral medications. If needed, we can also use regional anesthetic.

Our Approach to Labor and Delivery

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We're here to help. For questions about the Division of Obstetric Anesthesia, call Dr. Ron Gianotto at 203.348.2614.

Since we at Stamford Health have anesthesiologists available at all times, we’re prepared to help bring your baby into the world comfortably. Here are the options we provide to you:

  • You can choose to have your baby naturally—without the help of medications.
  • Many women have an epidural placed to help manage labor pains. It’s the most common form of pain management for childbirth.
  • Should you plan or unexpectedly need a cesarean birth, a Stamford Health anesthesiologist will be there throughout your experience.