The anesthesiology team at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Midwestern Regional Medical Center (Midwestern) in Zion, Illinois, embodies the CTCA® whole-patient care philosophy. These anesthesiologists work closely with patients throughout the perioperative period to help them maintain a level of comfort during advanced cancer care.
During the intake process, CTCA anesthesiologists in Illinois review the patient’s medical history. The anesthesiologist may inquire about any conditions a patient may have in addition to cancer and ask other lifestyle-related questions to determine an appropriate course of action. Located in the Metro Chicago area, Midwestern anesthesiologists also ask patients about any prescription or over-the-counter medications they have recently taken, and discuss fears or concerns patients may have about their upcoming procedures.
Anesthesiologists are responsible for deciding which type of anesthesiology is appropriate, based on the procedure and patient. Local anesthesia, for example, is typically used for patients undergoing a biopsy. With local anesthesia, a needle is used to numb an area, so that patients’ discomfort is reduced to a mild pressure while surgeons remove tissue for sampling.
Anesthesiologists at Midwestern may choose a more intense form of anesthesia care for more invasive procedures. Regional anesthesia lasts longer than local anesthesia and numbs a larger area of the body. Peripheral nerve block, epidural and spinal anesthesia are just a few examples of the kind of regional anesthesia that may provide pain relief without altering patients’ consciousness. Anesthesiologists use general anesthesia to render the patient unconscious during a major procedure. They regularly monitor patients while they are under general anesthesia or in recovery, to determine whether their pain is being appropriately managed. They also help wean patients off anesthesia through a gradual process.