Anesthesia Pre-Op Clinic
As part of its role to provide peri-operative medical care, the Department of Anesthesiology directs the Anesthesia Pre-Op Clinic. The clinic is located on the first floor of Physician Office Building A. A staff anesthesiologist and resident work with registered nurses to obtain a detailed electronic record of their past medical history, a directed physical examination, and appropriate laboratory and evaluative studies for approximately 800 patients per month.
The ultimate goal of the anesthesia pre-op clinic is to minimize surgical and anesthetic risk by assuring that patients are in a state of "best possible condition" in regard to their co-existing disease. By performing this assessment in the pre-op clinic, the additional goal of cost containment can be achieved by avoidance of unnecessary "blanket" pre-op testing, as well as minimizing delays and/or alteration of the OR schedule.
Thus, the Department of Anesthesiology strives to provide optimal peri-op patient care, cost containment, and optimization of OR scheduling and personnel utilization.
The Operating Rooms, Critical Care Units, and Obstetrics
The University of Tennessee Medical Center at Knoxville performs about 22,000 operative procedures in 26 different operating rooms. Separate critical care areas include Cardiovascular, Coronary Care, Trauma, Neurological Intensive Care, Medical Intensive Care, Surgical Intensive Care, Pediatric Intensive Care and Neonatal Intensive Care. Almost 3000 deliveries were performed in our 12 labor rooms and 3 Obstetrical Operating Rooms. Epidural analgesia is provided for about 70% of deliveries.
The University of Tennessee Ambulatory Surgery Center
About 3000 operative procedures per year are performed in the four operating rooms at the University of Tennessee Day Surgery Center located adjacent to the main hospital. This is a separate facility from the ambulatory surgery unit found within the main hospital.
The Anesthesia Interventional Pain Clinic (AIPC)
The Anesthesia Interventional Pain Clinic (AIPC) located in the University of Tennessee Day Surgery Center is led by physicians trained in acute, chronic, and cancer-related pain management. Consultative services are available for those who are hospitalized as well those referred for evaluation in the ambulatory setting. The AIPC team members develop an individualized and comprehensive plan for optimal pain treatment that will allow each person to return to an optimal level of function in his or her work and personal life. More than 2400 pain procedures are performed each year, including:
- Spinal Cord Stimulation Trials
- Intrathecal Pain Pump Trials
- Superior and Inferior Hypogastric Nerve Blocks
- Radiofrequency Ablations
- Celiac Plexus Blocks
- Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar Medial Branch Blocks
- Occipital Nerve Blocks
- Ilioinguinal Nerve Blocks
- Iliohypogastric Nerve Blocks
- Genitofemoral Nerve Blocks
- Lateral Femoral Cutaneous Nerve Blocks
- Lumbar Selective Nerve Root Blocks
- Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar and Caudal Epidural Steroid Injections
- Transforaminal Lumbar Injections
- Sacro-Iliac Joint Injections
- Lumbar Discography
- Brachial Plexus Blocks
- Intercostal Nerve Blocks
- Stellate Ganglion Blocks
- Lumber Sympathetic Blocks
- Intravenous Regional Blocks
- Trigger Point Injections
- Epidural Blood Patch
Referrals to the Pain Clinic can be made by calling 865-305-8684.
Other Department of Anesthesiology Facilities
The Department of Anesthesiology facilities consists of the Powell Memorial Electronic Library, department conference rooms, and the Medical Simulation Center. Seven call rooms are assigned as follows: one for faculty; one for CRNAs; three for residents; and two for SRNAs. Separate lounges are available for both the residents and certified/student nurse anesthetists. A medical administrative specialist and four clerical staff members provide administrative support for the faculty, residents, CRNAs, and SRNAs. Clinical support in the operating rooms consists of three anesthesia technicians. The Department of Anesthesiology has two research laboratories located in the Research center. In addition to Dr. Roger Carroll, Director of Anesthesiology Research, other research personnel include graduate research assistants and a medical technologist.
The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine
Department of Anesthesiology
1924 Alcoa Highway, U-109
Knoxville, TN 37920