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ANESTHESIOLOGY AND ALGOLOGY CLINIC

The Anesthesiology, Reanimation and Algology clinic of Koç University Hospital ensures a safe and smooth preoperative and postoperative process for patients with a powerful team that follows recent developments in anesthesiology and fully grasps the importance of teamwork. Patients suffering from pain are also treated by utilizing up-to-date techniques.

As much as we tend to ignore pain, it should be taken seriously and can be taken under control quite successfully with current treatment methods.  The primary chronic pain syndromes that respond to interventional pain treatment include headaches, lower back and neck pain, cancer pain, complex regional pain syndromes, vascular pain (pain induced as a result of issues associated with vascular structures) and neuropathic pain syndromes. The specialists at our clinic effectively halt conduction of pain in various syndromes either temporarily or permanently by employing modern modes of treatment to improve the patient’s quality of life. 

Over ten thousand patients are served in our full-fledged operating and interventional procedure rooms annually. 

As our hospital is an educational institution, medical residency education in this field also started in 2019 after research fellows joined the team. Aside from regular education activities, numerous training courses aimed at anesthesiology physicians -such as regional nerve blocks- are organized by our specialized instructors as well.

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Anesthesiology services for all kinds of surgeries as well as diagnostic and interventional procedures are provided to patients of all age groups. 

Procedures at the clinic are performed under ultrasound guidance, and monitors capable of close observation of the brain and heart are used. During surgical procedures, echocardiographic observation of the heart is also undertaken by experienced physicians. All types of peripheral nerve blocks, which are required for different surgeries, are established under ultrasound guidance as well. 

Additionally, all procedures relevant to chronic pain and port catheter placement are carried out at our clinic.
 
In conclusion, we combine technological facilities with current knowledge and an experienced team to provide high-level and reliable service on all occasions where anesthesia is required.
Each patient referred to our clinic is evaluated prior to their operations either at the anesthesiology polyclinic or the ward where they are hospitalized. Our physicians select the most ideal type of anesthesia and postoperative pain management (analgesia) for the patient based on their history of previous surgeries, overall health condition, known chronic diseases, regular medication, allergies, upcoming operation, patient preferences and a number of other factors. For this purpose, patients go through specific laboratory tests, investigations and consultations after an in-depth examination and evaluation. The anesthesiologist informs the patient on matters to take heed of during the entire process and answers their questions. Our objective at this point is to make sure that the patient undergoes the planned surgery uneventfully and remains healthy and comfortable all along. 

On the day of surgery, the patient is accompanied by their nurse to the preparatory section. Information like identity details, type and region of the upcoming surgery, allergies and known chronic diseases are inquired and confirmed once more. Afterwards, venous access is gained, and a sedative is administered, if deemed necessary. The operation is then performed in a fully-equipped operating room under the appropriate anesthesia. All vital systems, including the heart, lungs, brain etc., are monitored for anesthetic depth using advanced monitoring equipment during the course of the operation. Once the operation has been completed, the patient is transferred to a special recovery room. All vital functions and pain status are closely observed until the patient is ready to be transferred back to the ward. So as to detect symptoms of pain and any possible complication, observation of the patient continues by a physician and a team that we are also a part from the moment they arrive at the ward and until they are discharged.
All surgical procedures, including special interventions like congenital heart surgery and liver/kidney transplantation, are performed by specialized surgeons under the required general or regional anesthesia. The units of advanced endoscopy, interventional radiology, diagnostic radiology, radiation oncology, delivery and in vitro fertilization all have their dedicated and full-fledged postoperative recovery rooms allocated for each patient. Our preoperative evaluation, postoperative care and algology team also ensures proper execution of basic principles of patient safety.