Houston Methodist Hospital provides a 24 hour, in-house anesthesiologist dedicated to provide obstetric anesthesia care. Epidurals for labor are readily available. The obstetric anesthesiologists at Houston Methodist pride themselves in providing the highest quality care in a pleasant environment. Information about the anesthesia care available to you is provided during your childbirth classes at Houston Methodist.
If you need a cesarean section, the obstetric operating room is conveniently located right next to the labor and delivery ward. Obstetricians and anesthesiologists are always present in house to provide you with the highest level of obstetric care.
The Cardiovascular Anesthesia Division of the Department of Anesthesiology employs fellowship-trained anesthesiologists and highly skilled, certified registered nurse anesthetists, who administer anesthesia in the cardiovascular operating rooms. Critical care-boarded cardiovascular anesthesiologists coordinate your postoperative critical care at the Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart Center.
Even though most of the procedures performed at Houston Methodist are for adult patients, Houston Methodist also offers routine anesthesia care for children. Some of our younger children diagnosed with cancer require anesthesia to remain still in order to receive radiotherapy treatments. For specialty pediatric anesthesia care, we have an arrangement with Texas Children's Hospital to provide the assistance of a pediatric anesthesiologist.
One of only a few in the nation, our radiotherapy department provides anesthesia and post anesthesia recovery directly inside the department. The child friendly pediatric recovery room is adjacent to the treatment room, which enables the child to fully recover in the department with a dedicated care team. Parents are allowed in the recovery room and parent interaction is encouraged during the recovery process.
Anesthesia for diagnostic tests
Our department occasionally offers specialized anesthesia to relieve the anxiety or discomfort of certain diagnostic procedures. For example, patients may feel claustrophobic during an MRI or CT scan. Usually, the radiologist will provide medications to calm a patient, which still allows the patient to remain awake and alert to follow instructions if necessary. Occasionally, the services of an anesthesiologist are needed to provide anesthesia during radiology procedures. This requires a special arrangement by the Department of Radiology in advance of the procedure.
Anesthesia for GI procedures (upper and lower endoscopy)
Anesthesia sedation from an anesthesiologist is available for endoscopic procedures (colonoscopy or upper GI endoscopy, where stomach and esophagus are inspected). Commonly, the gastroenterologist provides light sedation for the patient him/herself. For patients that require deeper levels of sedation, an anesthesiologist can be made available for the procedure. The anesthesia used by the anesthesiologist provides deeper levels of sedation safely, with minimal after effects and a much faster recovery. This requires your gastroenterologist to arrange in advance for an anesthesiologist to be present.