Ambulatory Anesthesia

Ambulatory Anesthesia at Brigham and Women’s Hospital serves the Day Surgery Unit, for surgical procedures where patients do not need an overnight stay in the hospital.

The Ambulatory Anesthesia staff excels in:

  • Preoperative evaluation of medically and psychologically complicated patients
  • Intraoperative care aimed at rapid recovery with minimal side effects
  • Postoperative management to enhance prompt discharge and return to normal function

Special Proficiency

 The same anesthetics that are used in the operating room setting are used in the ambulatory setting, including general, regional and local anesthetics as well as sedation anesthetics. Ambulatory anesthesia, also known as outpatient anesthesia, requires rapid recovery, good quality analgesia, decreased duration of care, and cost- effective techniques.

The Day Surgery Unit performs more than 8,000 adult ambulatory and gynecologic procedures per year in most surgical specialties, including plastic, orthopedic, urology, ophthalmology, and general surgery.

The Ambulatory Anesthesia Service meets the needs of patients using a multidisciplinary approach in which the anesthesiologist serves as team leader. The Ambulatory Anesthesia Service staff has expertise in clinical pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, team leadership, and cost effectiveness.