Pediatric Anesthesia

What to Expect from Anesthesia

If your child is having surgery or a procedure at Children's Colorado, an anesthesia provider will be with him or her for the duration of the surgery/procedure, continuously monitoring your child’s heartbeat, blood pressure and oxygen levels. Your child will receive anesthesia for the entire procedure, maximizing their safety and comfort. Depending on the type of surgery/procedure, your anesthesia team may speak with you about different types of anesthesia, such as a general, epidural or a nerve block.

Why Choose Children's Hospital Colorado?

The Anesthesiology Department at Children's Colorado is made up of a multidisciplinary team of highly trained pediatric anesthesia experts. Our team carries out more than 32,000 anesthetic procedures per year, specializing in the unique needs of children undergoing surgical, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.

We have more than 50 specialty-trained pediatric anesthesiologists and over 30 advanced practice providers (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists and Anesthesiologist Assistants) who specialize in pediatric anesthesia. Our experts are available for your child 24/7 whether it is for emergency surgery, trauma response, pain management or beginning an IV.

Services Offered

  • An anesthesia evaluation before surgery in our Preoperative Clinic
  • Anesthesia services for every type of surgical procedure from ambulatory (outpatient) surgery to high-risk surgeries
  • Anesthesia services for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures such as gastrointestinal endoscopy, dental restoration, radiographic studies, interventional pain procedures, oncology procedures, and hearing/vision tests
  • Difficult IV consults
  • Critical care medicine consultations
  • Difficult airway consultations
  • 24-hour coverage after surgery from anesthesia providers at Children's Colorado

Subspecialty Services

  • Cardiac anesthesia
  • Acute and chronic pain services
  • Level I trauma coverage with three 24-hour in-hospital anesthesia providers
  • Two 24 hour, in-hospital Emergency Response Team members
  • Transplant anesthesia
  • Obstetric anesthesia
  • Anesthesia for fetal interventions
  • Anesthesia care for children with rare pediatric conditions, such as epidermolysis bullosa and mucopolysaccharidosis