Patient Care


We work with patients before, during and after surgery in order to provide the best possible care. After a thorough evaluation, our anesthesiologists will develop an anesthesia plan tailored to your unique needs and carefully monitor you during surgery. Throughout preparation, surgery and recovery, your health and safety is our top priority.

Clinic for Comprehensive Pain Management

At the Clinic for Comprehensive Pain Management, we treat painful diseases and conditions by reducing or alleviating pain in the safest manner possible with a focus on non-opioid treatments.

We provide expert pain management services for the prevention, evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of painful diseases and conditions. We work closely with other specialists within the University of Minnesota Health system to coordinate care and develop the best and safest possible plan for managing pain. Our Clinic for Comprehensive Pain Management includes anesthesiologists, physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians (PM&R), psychologists, pharmacists, physical therapists, acupuncturists and nurse practitioners who have expertise in pain management. We reduce or alleviate pain in the safest manner possible with a focus on non-opioid treatments such as medications, interventional procedures and/or pain-control devices to enable you to fully engage in atraumatic exercise. These treatments, combined with neurobehavioral counseling, serve as the foundation of successful chronic pain management.

We provide specialty care for (but not limited to):

  • Arthritis and other joint pain
  • Spine disease, back pain and chronic neck pain
  • Interventional approaches to cancer pain or pain due to serious medical conditions
  • Chronic abdominal or pelvic pain
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia, musculoskeletal and myofascial pain
  • Headache
  • Neuropathic pain including diabetic neuropathy, shingles related neuralgia
  • Ongoing pain and disability due to injury
  • Pain of unknown etiology
  • Persistent pain after surgery
  • Persistent pain that does not respond to usual medical therapies

We provide exceptional care based on leading academic research and will work with you from diagnosis to treatment to follow-up to ensure you receive the best possible treatment for your pain.

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Preoperative Assessment Center

The Department of Anesthesiology is involved in every facet of medical care provided to patients having surgery at the University of Minnesota.

Involvement of the Department of Anesthesiology begins with the decision to have surgery. Patients having complex surgery and patients with complicated medical histories are referred to the Preoperative Assessment Center (PAC) by their surgeons for optimization for surgery. At the PAC, multidisciplinary teams of medical professionals led by board certified anesthesiologists create customized care plans for each patient. The plan is not only specific for each patient and each surgery; it is evidence based and consistent with the most recent standards published by a variety of credentialing bodies.

In addition to medical management, patients may receive evaluations by doctors of pharmacy, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, registered dieticians, social workers and/or nurse specialists as indicated by their particular medical condition. An anesthesia plan is created at this time based on the specific surgery and the specific patient. Operating room based anesthesiologists, pain specialists, hospitalists and the surgeons are consulted as necessary for coordination of the final perioperative care plan.

Patients and their family members are educated on the specifics of their surgical and medical care at the PAC. Every attempt is made to fully empower patients and their families in the process of having surgery. The mission of the Preoperative Assessment Center is to promote the fastest possible return of each patient to their normal life by improving care, minimizing delays, preventing discomfort and eliminating complications.

Regional Anesthesia, Acute Pain, & Ambulatory Anesthesia Service

The Regional Anesthesia, Acute Pain, and Ambulatory Anesthesia Service (RAPS) has a mission to provide state of the art post-operative acute pain control and streamlined ambulatory anesthesia for patients in the M Health Fairview System.

The RAPS team consists of anesthesiologists, anesthesiology fellows and residents, nurse practitioners, and medical assistants. The team provides coverage 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All staff are trained in the most up to date procedures and modalities to treat acute pain.

Some acute pain treatment options that are provided by the RAPS team are:

  • Ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve blocks and catheters. Such as paravertebral blocks, pectoralis blocks, TAP blocks, quadratus lumborum blocks, rectus sheath blocks, brachial plexus blocks, femoral, sciatic, popliteal, and fascia iliaca blocks.
  • Epidural infusions
  • Multimodal analgesia therapies
  • Ketamine infusions
  • Lidocaine infusions
  • Pediatric ultrasound-guided regional and neuraxial injections and infusions

In addition to the excellent care and acute pain control provided by the RAPS team, they are also actively involved in the latest research in treating acute pain.

The RAPS team is also dedicated to provided streamlined anesthetic care in the ambulatory surgical setting in order to ensure a safe, efficient, and satisfactory experience for your same-day surgery procedures. They are a group of dedicated anesthesiologists who provide anesthesia for surgery at the Maple Grove and M Health Fairview Ambulatory Surgery Centers.