For Patients

Our team is here to guide you, making sure you understand your anesthesia options every step of the way.

Our Locations

Our anesthesiologists, pain management specialists, and anesthetists care for you in MedStar Health’s hospitals and surgery centers across Maryland and Washington, D.C.

 

When you undergo a major or minor procedure, you may need pain management to provide relief during recovery. Our anesthesia providers are skilled in aggressively managing pain so you can heal comfortably.

What is Pain Management?

Pain management is a multimodal approach to relieving pain following a surgical procedure. Our anesthesia team is actively involved in helping postoperative patients recovery comfortably and safely, using a variety of pain management techniques to minimize discomfort.

Our anesthesia team also works closely with pain management specialists to relieve pain from long-term chronic illnesses, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Cancer pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Head and facial pain
  • Herniated discs
  • Neck pain
  • Sciatica

 

Our Pain Management Anesthesia Providers

MedStar Medical Group Anesthesiology provides leading consultative and interventional pain management services for acute, chronic, cancer, and postoperative pain close to where you live and work in the Maryland and Washington, D.C., regions. When you receive acute pain management care at a MedStar facility, you can expect your anesthesia team to work together to develop a postoperative pain management plan that results in:

  • Earlier mobilization
  • Faster recovery
  • Reduced risk of cardiac or respiratory complications

You’ll benefit from our team-approach as we work closely with other medical specialists to best meet your needs, including:

  • Neurology
  • Oncology
  • Physical therapy
  • Psychology

 

What to Expect

There are many effective and safe ways to proactively address your pain—even before undergoing surgery.

Each pain management plan is tailored specifically to your needs, minimizing opioid medication, when possible. Before, during, and after your procedure, your anesthesia team will work to aggressively minimize your pain while limiting the need for opioid medications.

Your pain management plan may include one or a combination of the following approaches:

  • Epidural Injections – Local anesthetics are injected near nerves to reduce pain and inflammation
  • Nerve blocks – Medication is injected around large nerve groups to reduce pain in a specific area of the body
  • Spinal stimulation – Using a small, handheld device to stimulate nerves through the spine and reduce pain  
  • Opioid medications – Pills taken orally to manage pain

Our goal is to keep you safe and help you feel as comfortable as possible so you can get back to living the life you love.

 

Questions to Ask Your Anesthesia Team

Our anesthesia providers can help you understand safe and effective methods for minimizing your pain after surgery and other procedures. To ease your mind, you may want to ask your anesthesia team the following questions:

  1. Are pain injections safe?
  2. Do pain management treatments hurt?
  3. Am I at risk for a bad reaction?
  4. How many pain management treatments will I need?