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Aspen Valley Hospital
0401 Castle Creek Road
Aspen, CO 81611
Our team of specialist practitioners works closely with you and your physician throughout your patient journey to provide the highest level of anesthesia care.
Pre-operative services begin with an evaluation of the patient and a discussion between the anesthesiologist, the surgeon and the patient to review the surgery and to decide which type of anesthesia best suits the patient for the type of surgery they will be having.
During the operation, the anesthesiologist manages pain levels and monitors vital signs using leading-edge monitoring technology to ensure patient safety throughout the procedure.
Our post-operative care includes a plan to minimize the discomfort resulting from the surgery and to quickly address any side-effects should they arise.
Local anesthesia with sedation: This type of anesthesia is useful for more minor surgeries. It is very safe and often provides good pain relief for many hours after surgery.
General anesthesia: This classic type of anesthesia allows for the patient to be fully asleep during his/her procedure. It is often combined with local or regional anesthesia to extend pain relief after awakening. New anesthesia agents allow the patient to be awake and alert very shortly after surgery.
Regional anesthesia: This is the “numbing” of a large area of the body by injecting local anesthetics around the major nerves serving that area. Due to the large amount of orthopedic surgery at Aspen Valley Hospital, this type of anesthesia is most commonly used. Regional anesthesia has a number of advantages, including the blocking of the body’s stress response to surgical stimulation, and perhaps most importantly, excellent pain relief long after the surgery is over.