Mission of the Anesthesiology Division 

  • Ensure the comfort and safety of patients during medical or surgical procedures
  • Take responsibility in anesthesiology by providing post-graduate training to specialist nurses and doctors
  • Ensure pain relief management for women in labor      
  • Reduce, in collaboration with surgical teams, the physiological and psychological effects of surgical procedures and other medical procedures throughout the treatment and during the first 24 hours             
  • Manage, within the framework of a collaboration with the Health Brigade, intra-hospital life-threatening emergencies, and participate in pre-hospital emergency care for the canton of Geneva                
  • Participate in pain treatment from the moment the patient leaves the recovery room under the medical responsibility of the heads of the Surgery Division according to the negotiated delegation of powers           
  • Participate in the management of chronic pain, by offering the interventional pain relief services in collaboration with other medical teams        
  • Develop research contributing to innovations in anesthesiology         
  • Support innovations in other medical specialties by contributing to patient comfort and safety


What is peripheral nerve catheter anesthesia?

Peripheral nerve catheter anesthesia consists of the continuous infusion of anesthetics through a catheter (very small soft plastic tube) near the nerves involved in the area to be operated on. This type of anesthesia numbs the part of the body around the catheter so that a surgical procedure can be performed without pain. This technique also serves as an analgesic (painkiller) in the operated area and lasts during the post-operation period: the infusion of anesthetics through the peripheral nerve catheter is continued in the recovery room, your hospital room and sometimes even at home.

What are the risks of peripheral nerve catheter anesthesia?

All medical procedures involve risks, even when they are performed by experts. The rate and severity of these risks depend on your state of health, age or general lifestyle. The anesthesia techniques used are safe. The risks of unexpected and potentially life-threatening complications such as an allergy are extremely small. All necessary measures will be taken to prevent and treat any complications in the best possible way.

However, the following complications could occur:

Médecin adjointe en anesthésie et passionnée d’hypnose, Adriana W. nous parle de son métier. Aujourd’hui, aux HUG, les anesthésistes sont bien plus que des techniciens. Ils sont davantage présents aux côtés des patients, à leur écoute. Une relation profonde pour une totale confiance.