Dr. Harris has been trained in two medical specialties.
The medical specialty of anesthesiology encompasses the delivery of total patient care, perioperative care and anesthetics for pain relief in patients - typically those undergoing surgery. Anesthesiologists play a vital role in preparing patients for their operations, relieving any pain that may be felt during surgery and ensuring a safe transition to the post-operative stage. Although anesthesiology is often thought of as just the relief of pain during surgery through anesthesia, anesthesiologists are trained to provide care outside of surgical settings.
When preparing patients for surgery, anesthesiologists will have an initial meeting to create a safe, personalized anesthetic plan for the specific operation, taking many factors into account. During the operation, these physicians will be responsible for the general welfare and critical life function of patients while they are sedated (under anesthesia), monitoring all of the patient’s vital signs and ensuring a smooth surgery.
Aside from their role in and around the operating room, anesthesiologists may also be found in intensive care units (ICUs), treating critically ill patients and assisting in their return to stable condition. Many anesthesiologists are also present in the delivery room during childbirth, caring for both the mother and child. Anesthesiologists will provide pain relief to the mother, while at time same time monitoring the vital signs of both the mother and child to protect critical life functions. Additionally, anesthesiologists may also provide care in pain management settings, diagnosing and treating various conditions that cause pain and providing pain management plans for both chronic and acute conditions.
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Pain management is an area of medicine devoted to the relief and management of acute and chronic pain caused by a variety of different diseases and injuries. Pain management specialists work to improve the quality of life and day to day living of those who suffer from debilitating, chronic pain. Those suffering from chronic pain are often treated by a multidisciplinary team of health care practitioners at pain clinics or centers, but may also be treated by other physicians, such as family practitioners.
Pain management clinics are medical centers that provide comprehensive and multidisciplinary care for patients. These clinics specialize in the treatment of pain and provide associated medical care; patients may be treated in either inpatient or outpatient settings. Pain management clinics often work in conjunction with a patient’s primary care physician, and often employ physicians that specialize in pain such as neurologists, anesthesiologists, orthopedists, rheumatologists, physiatrists and psychiatrists, among others.
Pain management specialists can provide variety of different treatment techniques and procedures when trying to alleviate or manage the pain their patients face. These may include trigger point and epidural injections, the prescription of medications such as nerve blocks, surgical implants, bioelectric therapy, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation therapy (TENS) or physical therapy, among other treatments. Many patients suffering from chronic pain choose to pursue alternative medical treatments to alleviate pain, such as acupuncture.
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