The neuroanesthesia service is one of the most active subspecialty services. Five days a week, the neurosurgeons have four to five rooms of elective cases. Each year, over 1,600 neurosurgical procedures, ranging from microdiscectomies to cerebral aneurysm clippings and coilings, are performed at UK.
UK is a major referral center for intracranial tumors and for patients with spinal cord injuries.
In addition, as a Level I trauma center, a significant number of patients with head injuries and increased intracranial pressure will present for surgical procedures. Our patients range from the youngest neonates to the geriatric population. Their neurologic pathology is often accompanied by other significant organ dysfunction, presenting true anesthetic challenges.
We also provide anesthesia care for patients undergoing invasive neuroradiology procedures in the angiographic suite, vascular neurosurgical procedures in the hybrid operating room, and for deep brain stimulation. Our presence in the neurosurgical and neurological ICUs lends continuity and better understanding of the processes of neurologic injury and care.