Mayo Clinic's Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine offers outstanding anesthetic care for Mayo Clinic patients. Anesthesiologists care for more than 145,000 patients each year. This large number of cases, integrated with ongoing research and education, results in wide-ranging expertise in the anesthetic management of patients. More than 200 staff doctors practice at the three Mayo Clinic locations. They are assisted by numerous residents, nurse anesthetists and respiratory therapists.

Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine staff members are a highly integrated, collaborative group of adult and pediatric anesthesiologists committed to providing the best possible care to adult patients requiring anesthesia and intensive care as well as to pediatric patients in Minnesota. Some members of the department also conduct basic and clinical research and teach postgraduate and continuing education programs.

New patients are seen only by referral from another physician either within the Mayo Clinic system or in the community. Patients are seen with the expectation that injections or other procedures may play a role in treating a specific painful condition. When injections or procedures are either not successful or not appropriate, management of painful conditions may be treated with various medications.

Among the specialized services provided by the department are:

  • Administration of anesthesia in all subspecialties
  • Critical care
  • Coordination of comprehensive pain management services
  • Diagnosis of acute and chronic pain syndromes
  • Injections and nerve blocks
  • Intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography
  • Management of acute and chronic pain
  • Medical management of painful conditions
  • Nursing and case management
  • Obstetrical analgesia and anesthesia
  • Preoperative medical evaluations
  • Perioperative pain management
  • Spinal-cord stimulation
  • Spinal-infusion systems

Note: In Florida, preoperative and postoperative care, including pain therapy and critical care, is provided in conjunction with the Department of Pain Medicine and the Department of Critical Care.

Pain Clinic

Experts at all three Mayo Clinic locations provide services for the management of acute and chronic pain through special Pain Clinics. These services are designed to restore function and increase the quality of life for patients who experience pain syndromes.

The Pain Clinic does not provide primary medical care. Conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and general health concerns need to be addressed by a primary care physician. If you are not sure who to call, Mayo Clinic can provide advice. If you are experiencing an emergency medical condition you should call 911 or your local emergency number, or arrange transportation to the nearest emergency room.