Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare and Carris Health care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to helps us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Carris Health Anesthesiology

Managing Pain and Comfort With a Highly Skilled Team

Some of the procedures recommended by your doctor may require the use of anesthesia to make sure you’re comfortable. Our team of experienced anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists will keep a close eye on you to make sure that every detail is watched closely — from formulating a plan before surgery to monitoring your body’s functions during surgery to helping you recover from after-effects following your procedure.

Types of Anesthesia

There are three categories of anesthesia:

  • In general anesthesia, you are unconscious and have no awareness or sensations
  • In regional anesthesia, your anesthesiologist makes an injection near a cluster of nerves to numb the area of your body requiring surgery; you may remain awake or be given a sedative
  • In local anesthesia, the anesthetic drug is injected to the area of your body requiring the procedure
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