Practice

OVERVIEW

Practice

OVERVIEW

As one of the Triad’s top anesthesia practices, Piedmont Triad Anesthesia provides an integrated platform of anesthesia services for adults and children, including general, regional, neuro-, cardiac, and acute-pain management.

We are an independent professional association comprised of 22 board certified anesthesiologists, more than 70 certified registered nurse anesthetists, and six physician assistants. Depending on their area of expertise, many of our doctors hold additional certifications in specialty fields such as cardiothoracic anesthesia or postoperative pain management, and they regularly participate in advanced training and educational symposia. Our staff is able to stay at the forefront of rapidly evolving technology and techniques, as well as provide you, our patient, with the safest, most comfortable medical experience possible.

Our group of highly trained anesthesiologists and certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA) serve over 46,000 patients per year at area hospitals in the Triad.

All of our physicians are board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology, and our CRNAs are certified by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

As one of the Triad’s top anesthesia practices, Piedmont Triad Anesthesia provides an integrated platform of anesthesia services for adults and children, including general, regional, neuro-, cardiac, and acute-pain management.

We are an independent professional association comprised of 22 board certified anesthesiologists, more than 70 certified registered nurse anesthetists, and six physician assistants. Depending on their area of expertise, many of our doctors hold additional certifications in specialty fields such as cardiothoracic anesthesia or postoperative pain management, and they regularly participate in advanced training and educational symposia. Our staff is able to stay at the forefront of rapidly evolving technology and techniques, as well as provide you, our patient, with the safest, most comfortable medical experience possible.

Our group of highly trained anesthesiologists and certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA) serve over 46,000 patients per year at area hospitals in the Triad.

All of our physicians are board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology, and our CRNAs are certified by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

The board-certified anesthesiologists and certified registered nurse anesthetists at Piedmont Triad Anesthesia are dedicated to providing safe, efficient, state-of-the-art anesthesia care in a variety of clinical settings.

With a focus on the comfort and safety of our patients, we strive to uphold the highest level of professional and ethical standards. Together, our anesthesia care team is dedicated to meeting the individual needs of each patient.

From the operating room to interventional treatments, we work closely with doctors and staff in nearly every medical specialty to ensure the comfort of every patient before, during, and after a procedure. Our care team provides anesthesia services for over 46,000 patients each year in specialty areas such as cardiothoracic, orthopedic, neurology, pediatric and pain management.

Clinical Care Services

Anesthesiology

As physician specialists, our board-certified anesthesiologists will medically evaluate a patient before surgery, and consult and plan the surgery with the surgical team. They will provide pain control and closely monitor vital signs during surgery, and supervise the patient’s care after surgery.

Whether a patient is undergoing major surgery or a non-invasive diagnostic procedure, our job is to make them as comfortable as possible through the use of anesthetics that are tailored to their specific medical condition and existing health issues. Our anesthesiologists have been trained to employ mandatory, essential, and critical skills that include management, direction of, and performance of cardiac and pulmonary resuscitation, advanced life support, pain control, and stabilizing and preparing patients for emergency surgery.

Following are the most common anesthesiology services we provide our patients:

  • A thorough preoperative consultation to determine pre-existing medical conditions and develop a customized anesthesia plan
  • Continually monitor vital functions including airway management, and provide intraoperative life support and provision of pain control as needed throughout and immediately following surgery or a procedure
  • Manage pain during the immediate post-operative period to make the patient as comfortable as possible
  • Provide expert consultation to the surgeon on many issues pertaining to the patient’s care, including pain management, and airway management
Cardiothoracic Anesthesia

As a sub-specialty, cardiothoracic anesthesia focuses on the care of patients undergoing cardiothoracic surgery and related procedures. Because this field is both complex and constantly evolving, our cardiothoracic specialists are board certified and fellowship trained. In addition, they frequently participate in educational courses and training symposia in order to offer our patients the most advanced care available.

A patient may not know their cardiac anesthesiologist as well as their cardiologist or cardiac surgeon, but we are essential members of the cardiac team and play many important roles in their care.

Following are the most common anesthesiology services we provide our cardiothoracic patients:

  • Continually monitor vital functions throughout and immediately following surgery or a procedure, and make medical decisions on their behalf as necessary
  • Manage their care, including any pre-existing medical conditions, throughout surgery and the immediate post-operative period
  • Manage their pain during the immediate post-operative period to make them as comfortable as possible
  • Provide expert consultation on many issues pertaining to their care, including anticoagulation, and airway management
Orthopedic Anesthesia

Orthopedic surgery offers a wide variety of procedures with many options for anesthesia. For many surgeries a protocol has been established, which provides safety and comfort for our patients while assisting the surgeon in obtaining a good result. Anesthesia for orthopedic surgery frequently combines intravenous sedation of general anesthesia with regional anesthesia.

Regional anesthesia involves anesthetizing (numbing) the area of surgery. The numbness may be complete (no sensation) or partial. When an area is anesthetized, the muscles are also asleep and don’t work (or spasm) until the numbness wears off. Regional anesthesia allows the patient to be comfortable during the procedure and provides pain relief after the surgery is over. The duration of the pain control depends upon where the local anesthetic (numbing medicine) is injected, and how the patient may respond to local anesthetics.

Pediatric Anesthesia

Our specially trained pediatric anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists have trained thoroughly in both anesthesiology and pediatric anesthesiology to provide expert care for children. We care for children of all ages, from infants to young adults, for routine surgical needs and many outpatient surgical procedures such as ENT and dental.

On the day of surgery, the parent(s) and the child can expect the following:

  • The child will likely get a flavored medicine to help with anxiety.
  • Child and parent(s) meet with the CRNA and anesthesiologist to discuss the anesthesiology plan, what to expect post-op, and to answer any questions.
  • The child then goes back to the operation room (parents generally not allowed), and we let them breathe through a bubble-gum scented mask until they fall asleep in 30-60 seconds. It is quick, easy, and pain-free.
  • After the child is completely asleep, we put an IV in the back of his hand and a small breathing tube in his throat. The child will be very closely and extensively monitored for the entire surgery, where we will watch everything from oxygen levels to cardiac function to respiratory function.
  • When surgery is over, we will wake up the child and take them to the recovery room, where monitoring will continue. Parents may meet their child in the recovery room once the PACU nurses have finished their role. The parents and their child can go home once the medical team has determined it is safe.
Post Operative Pain Management

We work closely with patients in both the outpatient and inpatient settings to assemble an individualized, comprehensive plan for optimal pain treatment that will allow them to return as quickly and as comfortably as possible to their personal life. There are many advantages of effective postoperative pain management, including greater patient comfort, less time off their feet, fewer pulmonary and cardiac complications, a reduced risk of deep vein thrombosis, and a faster recovery.

Most patients want to have effective pain relief following surgery. However, the side effects associated with taking narcotics may cause a patient to be apprehensive. PTA has been a leader in looking for new and innovative ways to manage a patient’s pain so that he or she can return to the routine of daily life as quickly as possible with a minimum of discomfort. In 2010, PTA began offering its patients one of the latest technological advancements in the treatment of acute pain. Patients receive the delivery of targeted, non-narcotic medication to manage pain through a pain catheter and pump.

The board-certified anesthesiologists and certified registered nurse anesthetists at Piedmont Triad Anesthesia are dedicated to providing safe, efficient, state-of-the-art anesthesia care in a variety of clinical settings.

With a focus on the comfort and safety of our patients, we strive to uphold the highest level of professional and ethical standards. Together, our anesthesia care team is dedicated to meeting the individual needs of each patient.

From the operating room to interventional treatments, we work closely with doctors and staff in nearly every medical specialty to ensure the comfort of every patient before, during, and after a procedure. Our care team provides anesthesia services for over 46,000 patients each year in specialty areas such as cardiothoracic, orthopedic, neurology, pediatric and pain management.

 

Clinical Care Services

 

Anesthesiology

As physician specialists, our board-certified anesthesiologists will medically evaluate a patient before surgery, and consult and plan the surgery with the surgical team. They will provide pain control and closely monitor vital signs during surgery, and supervise the patient’s care after surgery.

Whether a patient is undergoing major surgery or a non-invasive diagnostic procedure, our job is to make them as comfortable as possible through the use of anesthetics that are tailored to their specific medical condition and existing health issues. Our anesthesiologists have been trained to employ mandatory, essential, and critical skills that include management, direction of, and performance of cardiac and pulmonary resuscitation, advanced life support, pain control, and stabilizing and preparing patients for emergency surgery.

Following are the most common anesthesiology services we provide our patients:

  • A thorough preoperative consultation to determine pre-existing medical conditions and develop a customized anesthesia plan
  • Continually monitor vital functions including airway management, and provide intraoperative life support and provision of pain control as needed throughout and immediately following surgery or a procedure
  • Manage pain during the immediate post-operative period to make the patient as comfortable as possible
  • Provide expert consultation to the surgeon on many issues pertaining to the patient’s care, including pain management, and airway management
Cardiothoracic Anesthesia

As a sub-specialty, cardiothoracic anesthesia focuses on the care of patients undergoing cardiothoracic surgery and related procedures. Because this field is both complex and constantly evolving, our cardiothoracic specialists are board certified and fellowship trained. In addition, they frequently participate in educational courses and training symposia in order to offer our patients the most advanced care available.

A patient may not know their cardiac anesthesiologist as well as their cardiologist or cardiac surgeon, but we are essential members of the cardiac team and play many important roles in their care.

Following are the most common anesthesiology services we provide our cardiothoracic patients:

  • Continually monitor vital functions throughout and immediately following surgery or a procedure, and make medical decisions on their behalf as necessary
  • Manage their care, including any pre-existing medical conditions, throughout surgery and the immediate post-operative period
  • Manage their pain during the immediate post-operative period to make them as comfortable as possible
  • Provide expert consultation on many issues pertaining to their care, including anticoagulation, and airway management
Orthopedic Anesthesia

Orthopedic surgery offers a wide variety of procedures with many options for anesthesia. For many surgeries a protocol has been established, which provides safety and comfort for our patients while assisting the surgeon in obtaining a good result. Anesthesia for orthopedic surgery frequently combines intravenous sedation of general anesthesia with regional anesthesia.

Regional anesthesia involves anesthetizing (numbing) the area of surgery. The numbness may be complete (no sensation) or partial. When an area is anesthetized, the muscles are also asleep and don’t work (or spasm) until the numbness wears off. Regional anesthesia allows the patient to be comfortable during the procedure and provides pain relief after the surgery is over. The duration of the pain control depends upon where the local anesthetic (numbing medicine) is injected, and how the patient may respond to local anesthetics.

Pediatric Anesthesia

Our specially trained pediatric anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists have trained thoroughly in both anesthesiology and pediatric anesthesiology to provide expert care for children. We care for children of all ages, from infants to young adults, for routine surgical needs and many outpatient surgical procedures such as ENT and dental.

On the day of surgery, the parent(s) and the child can expect the following:

  • The child will likely get a flavored medicine to help with anxiety.
  • Child and parent(s) meet with the CRNA and anesthesiologist to discuss the anesthesiology plan, what to expect post-op, and to answer any questions.
  • The child then goes back to the operation room (parents generally not allowed), and we let them breathe through a bubble-gum scented mask until they fall asleep in 30-60 seconds. It is quick, easy, and pain-free.
  • After the child is completely asleep, we put an IV in the back of his hand and a small breathing tube in his throat. The child will be very closely and extensively monitored for the entire surgery, where we will watch everything from oxygen levels to cardiac function to respiratory function.
  • When surgery is over, we will wake up the child and take them to the recovery room, where monitoring will continue. Parents may meet their child in the recovery room once the PACU nurses have finished their role. The parents and their child can go home once the medical team has determined it is safe.
Post Operative Pain Management

We work closely with patients in both the outpatient and inpatient settings to assemble an individualized, comprehensive plan for optimal pain treatment that will allow them to return as quickly and as comfortably as possible to their personal life. There are many advantages of effective postoperative pain management, including greater patient comfort, less time off their feet, fewer pulmonary and cardiac complications, a reduced risk of deep vein thrombosis, and a faster recovery.

Most patients want to have effective pain relief following surgery. However, the side effects associated with taking narcotics may cause a patient to be apprehensive. PTA has been a leader in looking for new and innovative ways to manage a patient’s pain so that he or she can return to the routine of daily life as quickly as possible with a minimum of discomfort. In 2010, PTA began offering its patients one of the latest technological advancements in the treatment of acute pain. Patients receive the delivery of targeted, non-narcotic medication to manage pain through a pain catheter and pump.

CLEMMONS MEDICAL CENTER

6915 Village Medical Circle
Clemmons, North Carolina 27012
Phone: (336) 893-1000
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KERNERSVILLE MEDICAL CENTER

1750 Kernersville Medical Parkway
Kernersville, North Carolina 27284
Phone: (336) 564-4000
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PIEDMONT OUTPATIENT SURGERY CENTER

2465 Hanestown Lane
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27103
Phone: (336) 768-1005
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FORSYTH MEDICAL CENTER

3333 Silas Creek Parkway
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27103
Phone: (336) 718-5000
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MEDICAL PARK HOSPITAL

1950 S. Hawthorne Road
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27103
Phone: (336) 718-0785
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HAWTHORNE SURGICAL CENTER

1999 South Hawthorne Road
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27103
Phone: (336) 718-6800
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ORTHOPEDIC OUTPATIENT SURGERY

180 Kimel Park Drive, Suite 200
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27103
Phone: (336) 277-1770
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PTA serves over 46,000 patients per year.

PTA provides anesthesia services at all Novant Health facilities in the Piedmont Triad Region.