The Department of Anesthesia and Pain Management at Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City (SSMC) Abu Dhabi is dedicated to providing patients with the highest standards of anesthetic care. SSMC's multidisciplinary team includes experts in the field of anesthesiology with experience in the administration of anesthesia before, during and after surgery for a spectrum of conditions, whilst also providing state-of-the-art pain management services.

SSMC utilizes a collaborative, patient-centered approach to care allowing patients to receive a safe, high quality, specialty-specific continuum of care that offers high levels of patient satisfaction and the best individual health outcomes. In line with this, our Anesthesia and Pain Management Department utilizes the most advanced technologies and state-of-the-art facilities in order to provide preoperative anesthesia coverage and safe anesthesia options (general, regional, local) for difficult-to-treat medical conditions including burns and complex cardiac electrophysiology. In addition, we have a broad range of world-class facilities to facilitate the best care and treatment outcomes for patients with varying conditions.

As part of our dynamic system, SSMC's Anesthesia and Pain Management Department also responds to all hospital codes, manages hospital emergencies, and transfers critically ill patients between healthcare facilities.

Why choose SSMC?

Our team of American and UK board-certified medical experts combines expertise from various subspecialties to ascertain the most safe and suitable anesthesia options according to each patient's condition.

We specialize in treating complex medical cases, covering maxillofacial procedures, spine procedures, brain surgeries, reconstructive surgeries, bariatric procedures, robotic-assisted procedures, and pediatric surgery procedures. In addition, we are equipped to manage complex chronic pain syndromes and acute pain for oncology and palliative care patients.

Our Anesthesia and Pain Management Department is equipped with the latest anesthesia technology, the most innovative equipment for difficult airway management and a thromboelastography machine for trauma and transfusion management. It also includes a cell saver machine that collects, treats, and re-infuses the patient's blood after surgical procedures to reduce the risks associated with blood transfusions.

Areas of expertise

  • Oncology procedures
  • Complex chronic pain syndromes
  • Acute non-surgical pain management
  • Complex spine (trauma, scoliosis) and brain tumor excision surgeries
  • Complex thoracic surgeries (tracheal resection, lung resection)
  • Acute trauma management and burn reconstructive surgeries
  • Sedation for diagnostic radiology procedures (MRI, CT scan)
  • Neonatal and premature pediatric surgical procedures (congenital diaphragmatic hernia, trachea-esophageal fistula repair)
  • Robotic-assisted procedures (colectomy, nephrectomy, prostatectomy)
  • Oncology-related chronic pain (palliative pain management)
  • Complex reconstructive surgeries (joint replacement, free flaps)
  • Complex vascular procedures (aortic bypass, endovascular stenting)

Unique cases at SSMC

  • Reconstructive surgeries
  • Complex bariatric procedures
  • Complex chronic pain syndromes
  • Brain surgeries (trauma, awake craniotomies)
  • Acute pain for oncology and palliative patients
  • Complex maxillofacial procedures (trauma, oncology)
  • Complex spine procedures (trauma, scoliosis, oncology)
  • Complex robotic-assisted procedures (urology, hepatobiliary)
  • Complex pediatric surgery procedures (neonates, premature)

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