Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine - Clinical Services > Anesthesia
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Orthopaedics is the busiest service in the main operating room (OR) and the same day surgical unit (SDSU). On a typical day, the orthopaedic service expands beyond the six rooms formally assigned to them in the Main OR and fills four to five rooms in the SDSU. The variety of cases performed is significant: simple and complex arthroplasties (hips, knees, and shoulders), spine procedures, musculoskeletal tumor resections and reconstruction, hand and upper extremity procedures, and foot and ankle procedures. The anesthetic techniques vary from simple general anesthetics to complex regional blocks and total intravenous techniques for complex spine procedures that may require an intra-operative wake-up test. The orthopaedic anesthesia team leadership educates our staff on the latest anesthetic techniques for these procedures. In turn, the team leaders and the staff provide education and medical direction to the residents and CRNAs who are assigned to the service.

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Department of Anesthesia,
Critical Care and Pain Medicine
Gray-Bigelow 444
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114

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