Anesthesiologists in Pain Medicine

Anesthesiologists in Pain Medicine

The field of pain medicine focuses on managing all types of pain -- studying what causes it, how the body reacts to it, how different medications dull or eliminate pain, and how other treatments can be used to relieve many painful conditions. Anesthesiologists frequently are the pain managers for their patients. They make sure you are safe, pain-free and comfortable during and following surgery. They also provide their services in other areas of the hospital, especially in labor and delivery, and in physicians' offices where painful medical tests or procedures are performed.

Decades of research and work done by anesthesiologists have led to the development of newer, more effective treatments for patients who have pain unrelated to surgery. In fact, the work pioneered by anesthesiologists that led to these new medications and treatments also has created a new category of medicine called pain medicine.


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Founded in 1905, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) is an educational, research and scientific society with more than 52,000 members organized to raise and maintain the standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology. ASA is committed to ensuring physician anesthesiologists evaluate and supervise the medical care of patients before, during and after surgery to provide the highest quality and safest care every patient deserves.

For more information on the field of anesthesiology, visit the American Society of Anesthesiologists online at To learn more about the role physician anesthesiologists play in ensuring patient safety, visit Join the ANESTHESIOLOGYTM 2014 social conversation today. Like ASA on Facebook, follow ASALifeline on Twitter and use the hashtag #ANES2014.



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