Gennadiy Voronov, MD, System Chair
1969 W. Ogden Ave.
5th FloorChicago, IL 60612
Regional anesthesia refers to a group of anesthesia techniques by which part of the body (e.g. the upper extremity) is rendered insensitive to pain. Combined with different degrees of sedation these techniques can accomplish anesthesia without the need to make the patient fully unconscious. The recovery time after regional anesthesia is usually shorter and the risk of postoperative nausea and vomiting is decreased. As a result a pain-free patient can usually go home the same day of surgery almost eliminating the risk of unplanned hospital admission. Our anesthesiology department has a great regional anesthesia tradition and we continue to strive to provide the best care for our patients as well as the best teaching environment for our residents and fellows.
Because our hospital is a major trauma center in the city of Chicago, this Division handles thousands of orthopedic cases every year, making it one of the busiest divisions in our department.
Every year we perform hundreds of peripheral nerve blocks, the majority of them single shot, and on qualified cases, catheter techniques as well. The techniques employed are not only numerous, but also some have been developed by our own faculty, like the supraclavicular brachial plexus block and a new posterior approach to the sciatic nerve block. We have provided numerous contributions to the literature in the area of regional anesthesia and our faculty is frequently invited to speak at national and international meetings as well as to participate in annual workshops (e.g., University of Kentucky, University of Iowa, and Walter Reed Army Hospital among others). Our faculty also actively participates at the Annual Regional anesthesia Meeting (ASRA).