Anesthesia Services

Anesthesiologists are medical doctors who are required to attend four years of medical school. Upon graduation, they typically spend one year in an internship and three years of residency. During their residency training, anesthesiologists work toward obtaining certification from the American Society of Anesthesiologists or the American Board of Anesthesiology.

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) is an advanced clinical nurse who administer anesthetics to patients during procedures. After completing an extensive education and training, the nurse must pass a national exam to become certified and be able to practice in all 50 states.

Anesthesiology services during a procedure such as colonoscopy or upper endoscopy will ensure patient comfort and eliminate pain during procedures. Therefore, all upper endoscopy and colonoscopy performed at Greenbelt Endoscopy Center will require anesthesia services. Prior to a procedure, patient must be cleared from a medical standpoint to be able to receive sedation. This information will be verified by our staff before procedure. Patient will then be sedated for the duration of the procedure while the Anesthesiologist or CRNA monitors patient vitals and reactions to anesthesia. Once the procedure is finished, patient will then be transported to our recovery area where patient vital will be monitored further. Patient will only be discharged to a responsible driver after their post procedure conditions have been reviewed by the anesthesiologist or CRNA.