Anesthesia & Pain Management

Relief from Acute, Chronic & Surgical Pain

patient being preppedNo matter how mild or severe it may be, pain is difficult to live with. Through pain management treatment, you can receive treatments and learn techniques to manage acute and chronic pains so that they no longer interfere with your day-to-day life.

A chronic pain is one that lasts for more than 12 weeks. Chronic pains can occur anywhere- the back, shoulders, wrists, hands, legs. Finding the cause of these pains is critical to the treatment process, as not all pains originate from the area that is feeling pain. In fact, many pains start in the spine and radiate to other parts of the body. At San Luis Valley Health, we have a variety of state-of-the-art imaging services such as MRI and CT scans that can help identify the true cause of pain.

Pain management treatments we offer include:

  • Trigger point injections
  • Lumbar and thoracic steroid epidurals
  • Lumbar and thoracic selective nerve root blocks
  • Fact injections
  • Surgical pain management

Anesthesia Services

Anesthesia is the practice of numbing all or part of the body so that it does not feel pain. Contrary to how it is often depicted in the media, anesthesia does not always involve rendering a person unconscious. In many cases, anesthesia is only used to numb a certain part of the body, leaving the patient completely awake and aware.

Anesthesia is most commonly used before surgery so that patients don’t feel anything during the operation. Before we use anesthesia on a patient, our knowledgeable anesthesiologists perform an extensive assessment to determine how much sedation is appropriate and to instruct you on the anesthesia process, including how you can prepare for it.

Our anesthesia services include:

  • Anesthesia services
  • General anesthesia
  • Spinal/epidural anesthesia
  • Monitored anesthesia care
  • Other regional anesthetic techniques
  • Regional blocks for acute postoperative surgical procedures
  • Postoperative pain control with Epidural or Intrathecal Narcotics
  • Extremity blocks including but not limited to interscaline, axillary, femoral, popliteal
  • Labor Epidurals/intrathecals

If you know that you will be receiving anesthesia for an outpatient procedure, make sure you have a ride to and from the hospital as you cannot operate a vehicle for 24 hours after being sedated.

Anesthesia and pain management services are offered at Regional Medical Center. Call (719) 587-1250 for more information.