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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare 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 help 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

Anesthesiology

The thought of being sedated can make you anxious. That’s normal. But rest assured that our knowledgeable anesthesiologists will walk you through the entire sedation process.

At CentraCare, our team will be there to answer your questions and make you comfortable. Providing you with the best experience possible is our priority, and our team takes the time to speak to you before sedation to make sure that all of your needs are met.

What to Expect

The anesthesiology team includes an anesthesiologist and nurse anesthetists. They will be responsible prescribing the appropriate amount of anesthesia and guiding you through the process.

The stages of anesthesiology include:

  • Before surgery, an anesthesiologist will meet with you and evaluate your medical condition and formulate an anesthetic plan that is right for you.
  • During surgery, advanced technology is used to monitor your body's functions, and your anesthesiologist observes the whole process while medications are administered.
  • After surgery, your anesthesiologist will reverse the effects of the anesthetic medications you receive and help you recover from the after-effects.

A member of our team will be by your side when you wake up to help you recover from sedation and explain what happens next.

Types of Anesthesia

Many people think being sedated means going to sleep, but this is not always the case. You do not always have to be completely under sedation for many procedures. In fact, most forms of sedation only numb a specific part of the body. The types of anesthesiology we offer include:

  • General anesthesia is the heaviest form of anesthesia. You will be asleep for the duration of the procedure with this type of sedation.
  • In regional anesthesia, only a small area of the body is numbed thanks to the anesthetic. You may remain awake or be given a sedative. Either way, you do not feel the surgery taking place.
  • In local anesthesia, the anesthetic drug is usually injected into the tissue to numb just the location of your body requiring minor surgery or a procedure.
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CentraCare Clinic Anesthesiology
1406 6th Avenue North
St. Cloud, MN 56303
(320) 255-5900
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