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Wayne State University Physician Group Anesthesiology Services at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland

Painless treatment, painless recovery

The physicians, nurses and medical specialists of Wayne State University Physician Group Anesthesiology are highly skilled in every aspect of modern anesthesiology. Our team is equipped with the most advanced equipment and training required to perform this essential treatment for our patients.

For example, WSUPG offers the highly regarded Bispectral Index (BIS) Monitor, which precisely calculates the depth of general anesthesia each individual patient requires in a thoroughly non-invasive manner. This allows our team to maintain proper dosages while effectively, safely and comfortably shortening recovery time.

We provide comprehensive and individualized care for patients of all ages, from seniors to very young children. Our specialists work with each patient to reduce any anxiety and ensure patients and their families are fully informed.

Our priority is patient safety. Our anesthesia services rate at or above national standards, with state-of-the-art equipment and a highly trained and experienced team. Certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology, our specialists along with our certified registered nurse anesthesiologists (CRNAs) work closely from the onset of treatment with our surgeons, obstetricians and other physicians.

Anesthesia services include:

  • General anesthesia
  • Total intravenous anesthesia
  • Regional anesthesia (for surgeries and other medical procedures, such as childbirth)
  • Mild or deep sedation (for procedures such as MRI, CT scan or gastroenterology)
  • Extensive pain management (chronic and acute) throughout rehabilitation, during an illness or after an operation

To contact the Department of Anesthesiology, call 248-858-3023.

Facts About Surgical Anesthesia

Anesthesia is an important part of an operation, not only in relieving pain, but also making the operation easier, faster and safer. Anesthesia may involve all or part of your body.

Usually, general anesthesia for adults is started with an injection into the intravenous tubing and is continued by a gas. During regional anesthesia only a portion of the body is anesthetized, but sedatives will be used to keep you relaxed and sleeping if desired. Sometimes an anesthesiologist may use a combination of regional and general anesthesia. If you are pregnant or think you might be, it is important to tell your surgeon and anesthesiologist.

Who administers the Anesthetic?

Anesthesia is given by specially trained doctors called anesthesiologists and by specially trained nurses called Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CNRAs). These specialists work as a team to provide excellent anesthesia care throughout your operation.

How will the Anesthetic be selected?

An anesthesiologist will study your chart and talk with you and your surgeon about your health and the operation. This information is used to decide the type of anesthesia that is best for you. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions of the anesthesiologist about your anesthetic. Consideration will be given to your personal preferences and previous anesthetic experience.

What are some of the possible side effects of Anesthesia?

During general anesthesia, a tube is usually placed in the windpipe to help you breathe. It occasionally causes a sore throat which may last a day or so after your operation. Nausea may occur for a short time after an operation from the procedure or anesthetic drugs. If necessary, you can ask the nurse for medication to help decrease the nausea.

Infrequently (less than two percent of the time) patients receiving spinal anesthesia (a form of regional anesthesia) develop a headache. To discuss ways to reduce the headache pain, please talk with your anesthesiologist when he or she visits you after surgery, or call 248-858-3022 during daytime hours. To speak with someone after hours please call 248-858-3000 and ask the operator to page the anesthesiologist on call.

This type of headache usually goes away by itself, but if it persists it can be treated effectively by special techniques.

When you are being anesthetized or while you are waking up, you may bite very hard and may, despite all precautions, damage your teeth. This may happen particularly if your teeth are weak, damaged, loose, capped or you have permanent bridges. However, this is not typical and occurs less than once in every 2,000 anesthetics.

Medical Insurance Information

WSUPG Anesthesia Services at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland can accept and bill all insurances including medical insurance as well as automotive and truck insurance. The office staff will discuss insurance coverage with you at the time of your first office visit. If you have a question about insurance coverage please call Kris Hagood at 248-858-2509 or Yolanda Martin at 248-858-3051.

Insurances accepted include:

  • BCBSM Medicare Advantage PPO
  • BCBSM Med Adv PPO
  • BCN Advantage
  • Blue Care Network
  • BCN
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Traditional
  • BCBSM Trad
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Trust
  • BCBS Trust
  • Blue Preferred Plus
  • BPP
  • Breast Cervical Cancer Care Program
  • Champus / Tricare
  • ChoiceCare Network Medicare Adv PFFS
  • ChoiceCare PFFS
  • ChoiceCare Network Medicare Adv PPO
  • ChoiceCare PPO
  • Cofinity f/k/a Aetna
  • Cofinity f/k/a PPOM
  • Community Care Associates
  • CCA
  • CoventryCares of MI Child f/k/a OmniCare MI Child
  • CoventryCares (Child
  • CoventryCares of MI f/k/a OmniCare/Coventry
  • CoventryCares of MI
  • DMC Adult Kidney/Pancreas Transplant
  • DMC Kidney/Pancreas
  • DMC BMT Transplant
  • DMC International Center Transplant
  • DMC Int'l Ctr
  • DMC Pediatric BMT Transplant
  • DMC Ped BMT
  • HAP Sr. Plus - Medicare (HMO)
  • HAP Sr. Plus (HMO)
  • HAP Wayne County Four Star Program
  • HAP Four Star
  • HAP/PHP - Medicare PPO
  • HAP/PHP - Medicare
  • HealthPlus Medicaid HMO
  • Health+ Med HMO
  • HealthPlus Medicare Advantage
  • Health+ Med Adv
  • HealthPlus of Michigan HMO
  • Health+ MI HMO
  • HealthPlus of Michigan PPO
  • Health+ MI PPO
  • Interplan Health Group f/k/a Chandler
  • IHG/Chandler
  • Komen Fund-Breast Cervical Cancer Care Program
  • Komen Fund-BCCCP
  • McLaren Health Plan HMO
  • McLaren HMO
  • McLaren Health Plan Medicaid HMO
  • McLaren Medicaid HMO
  • McLaren Health Plan POS
  • McLaren POS
  • McLaren Health Plan PPO
  • McLaren PPO
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Meridian Health Plan of Michigan
  • Meridian HPM
  • Meridian Health Plan of Michigan Gold
  • Meridian HPM Gold
  • Midwest ABW
  • Midwest HealthChoice
  • Midwest Medicaid HMO
  • Midwest Med HMO
  • Midwest Medicare Advantage
  • Midwest Med Adv
  • Molina Medicaid
  • Molina Medicare Options
  • Molina Care Options
  • Molina Medicare Options Plus
  • Molina Care Opt+
  • Molina MI Child
  • Multiplan
  • National Preferred Provider Network/Coalition America
  • NPPN
  • Priority Health HMO
  • Priority Health Medicare Advantage
  • Priority Medicare Ad
  • Priority Health MI Child
  • Priority MI Child
  • Priority Health PPO
  • Private Health Care Systems
  • PHCS
  • Pro Care ABW
  • Pro Care HealthChoice
  • ProCare HealthChoice
  • Pro Care Medicaid HMO
  • Pro Care Med HMO
  • UHC AARP Medicare Complete
  • UHC AARP Medicare Co
  • UHC Choice EPO
  • UHC Choice HMO/ +HMO
  • UHC Choice Plus POS
  • UHC Choice+ POS
  • UHC Community Plan f/k/a GLHP
  • UHC Comm Plan
  • UHC Core Choice Plus POS
  • UHC Core Choice+ POS
  • UHC Dual Complete HMO
  • f/k/a GLHP SNP
  • UHC Dual Complete
  • UHC Erickson Advantage
  • UHC Erickson Adv
  • UHC Evercare Plan
  • UHC Medicare Advantage
  • UHC Medicare Adv
  • UHC Medicare Complete Plus
  • UHC Medicare Comp+
  • UHC Navigate
  • UHC Navigate Balanced
  • UHC Navigate Balance
  • UHC Navigate Plus
  • UHC Options PPO
  • UHC Select EPO
  • UHC Select HMO/Select Plus
  • UHC Select HMO/Sel+
  • UHC Select Plus POS
  • Worker’s Compensation