At the Department of Anesthesiology, Dr. Alice Chon-Voelker and Michael Bochnick care with a high safety awareness for anesthesia and monitoring our patients during surgery. All recognized anesthesia methods are in use by employing state-of-the-art anesthesia and monitoring devices. But also the postsurgical and outpatient pain therapy as well as the intensive care at our interdisciplinary emergency room are key aspects of the department.
Our experienced anaesthetics team takes care of all operative interventions and performs very gentle narcoses that are tolerated even by risk patients and older people without any problems.
In case of local anesthesia, a small, often superficial area of the skin is anesthetized by local anesthetics. It is only applied during small operations and commonly by the surgeons themselves.
Regional anesthesia describes the anesthetization of larger areas of the skin or the body, but the patient is still awake. This type of anesthesia can be optionally combined with an intravenous sleep-inducing medication. This combination is called analgo-sedation and performed by an anesthesiologist.
General anesthesia is used in larger surgeries. The patient does not feel any pain and is sleeping.
Our anesthesia team comprises only anesthesiologists and nurses with a special qualification in anesthesia. They have specific knowledge, experience and skills. Our aim is to make examinations and surgeries as safe and tolerable as even possible. During anesthesia and surgery, all vital parameters are continuously monitored by anesthesiologists being present at the operation room for the whole time of surgery.
Risks and safety
No medical treatment is completely free of any risks. The anesthesia risk is mainly subject to the kind and severity of the underlying disease, the general condition, age, lifestyle habits and other factors. Pre-existing illnesses (e.g., cardiovascular, lung or metabolic diseases) increase the anesthesia risk. Lethal incidents or complications with severe aftereffects are extremely rare thanks to the steady progress of anesthesia.
Especially the improved, several years lasting anesthesia education has significantly reduced the complications related to anesthesia. New, well-tolerated anesthetics do also reduce the risks of anesthesia. Today anesthesia is a very safe procedure. At the department for anesthesia and pain therapy, you will be only treated by specialists with several years of clinical experience. Our modern workplaces comply with all required norms and are regularly tested on their proper functionality. Moreover, the course of anesthetic procedures is standardized.
Crucial for your personal safety is that you tell us everything about accompanying illnesses and results of examinations while having the anesthesiological consultation. Only this way, we can get full insight in you and potential individual risks, and, thus, are able to minimize your risks of anesthesia.