Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine
Advancing your care through innovations in pain management, since 1961.
As the world’s first multidisciplinary pain program, we integrate specialists from anesthesiology to rehabilitation, primary care and mental health care to deliver pain diagnosis and treatment tailored to you.
Whole Person Care
We will listen closely to understand how pain impacts your life across dimensions. Working together, we evaluate and treat the complex interaction of the factors causing your pain.
We study the diseases that cause pain and translate that knowledge into practice. We also evaluate many kinds of pain, monitor treatments and track outcomes to better diagnose and treat your kind of pain.
Meet the provider: Camellia Baldridge, M.D.
Dr. Baldridge is an anesthesiologist who likes to learn about her patients before meeting them in order to deliver personalized, compassionate anesthesia care. View full bio.
Some of our common services:
When you have surgery on your heart and lungs, you want anesthesiologists that are specially trained and experienced in providing perioperative or periprocedural management of your health. Our cardiothoracic anesthesiologists work closely with your surgical and cardiovascular care teams to ensure that you have a safe experience during your procedure. All our cardiothoracic anesthesiologists are experts in perioperative imaging with echocardiography which helps to guide the cardiac surgeons and interventional cardiologists in their work.
Few things are more distressing than being in pain. Our specialists at the Center for Pain Relief on Roosevelt offer superb clinical and diagnostic experience that can help you get to the root of the problem. We work closely with specialists from other fields to develop an individualized treatment plan that can help you manage your pain and improve the quality of your life.
We have been a national leader in treating pain in babies, children, and teens for many years, using a variety of evidence-based methods that include medications and specialized procedures. Our anesthesiologists are experts at safely and effectively administering anesthetics to your child during surgery.
Our critical care anesthesiologists are nationally and internationally recognized for their expertise in trauma, general surgery, cardiothoracic surgery and neurological surgery. Our patients often require ongoing patient resuscitation, advanced monitoring, treatment of severe comorbidities or advanced therapeutic interventions only available in an intensive care setting.
Inadequate pain management after injury or surgery can lead to a slower recovery and more time in the hospital. Our specialists are experts at managing pain with specialized medications and interventional techniques, which block the nerves sending pain messages to the brain.
Perioperative means before, during and after surgery. Our skilled anesthesiologists work closely with you before your surgery to understand your medical needs and develop an appropriate pain management plan, effectively administer anesthetics and other medications during surgery and help control your pain after surgery. After surgery, we’ll develop a specialized plan for transitioning from pain relief in the hospital to pain relief at home.
Every woman has the right to labor pain relief. Epidurals reduce pain in the lower half of the body without interfering with the birth process. An epidural is extremely safe for mother and baby, and is the most commonly used form of labor relief. Our nationally recognized obstetric-anesthesia team is present around the clock and expert at placing and managing epidurals for labor and providing anesthesia for caesarean deliveries.
Many people diagnosed with cancer experience some degree of pain before, during or after treatment. The cause of pain can be different for each person. Our pain management team is highly skilled at assessing pain related to cancer and developing an individualized pain management plan that will help make your diagnosis, treatment and follow-up pain care manageable at all stages of your cancer treatment.
Before your surgery, a provider will meet with you in person or over the phone to talk with you about your medical history in order to develop a detailed care plan based on your individual needs. Our pain management specialists also work closely with our anesthesiologists to coordinate your pain control needs after surgery.
Anesthetics are medicines that prevent pain during a procedure or surgery. A general anesthetic induces unconsciousness during surgery, a regional anesthetic blocks pain to a region of the body and a local anesthetic numbs a particular body part.
Regional anesthetics (also known as nerve blocks or peripheral nerve blocks) are numbing medications injected around nerves to block the sensation to a specific part of your body. Depending on the specific numbing medicine (local anesthetic) used, the effects of the block can last from hours to days.
Our anesthesiologists are experts at developing and overseeing safe, effective anesthetic plans based on your individual needs and medical history.
Surgery performed on the brain and spinal cord is delicate. It requires close collaboration among specialists to ensure that patients are stable and maintaining the appropriate level of consciousness and neurological function. Our neuroanesthesiologists use specialized techniques to administer anesthesia and play a critical role in controlling and monitoring the status of our neurosurgery patients, as well as in pain management to achieve brain health during and after surgery.
Transplant surgeries are highly complex. Our skilled transplant anesthesiologists have an extensive background in critical care medicine and anesthesiology for medically compromised patients. They safely provide advanced, specialized anesthesia which includes management of vital life functions throughout the transplant procedure in severely medically compromised patients.
Interventional pain therapy can help determine which parts of your body are the origin of your pain. Interventional therapy is typically part of a multimodal program that takes into account the complexity of pain and is tailored to your condition. Depending on the results, we recommend a plan to reduce your pain which may include treatment modalities such as nerve blocks, nerve ablations, implanted stimulator or other techniques.
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Anesthesiology Clinical Services at Harborview
325 9th Ave., Seattle, WA 98104 / 206.520.5000
Anesthesiology Clinical Services at UWMC
1959 NE Pacific St., Seattle, WA 98195 / 206.520.5000
Center for Pain Relief at UWMC-Roosevelt
4225 Roosevelt Way NE, Suite 401, Seattle, WA 98105 / 206.598.4282
Headache Clinic at UWMC-Roosevelt
4225 Roosevelt Way NE, Suite 306, Seattle, WA 98105 / 206.598.6950
Pain Clinic at SCCA
825 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, WA 98109 / 206.606.2014
Pain Medicine Clinic at Seattle Children’s
4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105 / 206.987.1520
Pre-Anesthesia Clinic at Harborview
410 9th Ave. Ground Floor, Maleng Building, Room GMB-21, Seattle, WA 98104 / 206.744.5572
Pre-Anesthesia Clinic at UW Medical Center
1959 NE Pacific St. Surgery Pavilion, 3rd Floor, Seattle, WA 98195 / 206.520.5000
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What is it?
Nerve blocks are typically injections of anesthetic drugs that block pain from specific nerves. They can be used for pain relief, as well as total loss of feeling if needed for surgery. Perhaps the best-known nerve block is an epidural, which is used to ease the pain of labor and delivery.
Why might I need it?
Nerve blocks are often used during surgery to ease pain. They are also used to manage chronic pain or injuries in which the nerves are damaged, inflamed or irritated—or to determine what's causing your pain. Nerve blocks commonly manage pain that comes from the spine, arms, legs, neck, back or buttocks.
What are the risks?
Compared with many other procedures, nerve blocks appear to be quite safe. However, a nerve block can lead to bleeding and infection where the shot was given, the medication may spill into other areas unexpectedly or providers may hit the wrong nerve during surgery.
What happens during?
Doctors use needles that are guided into place using a fluoroscope, ultrasound or CT. The provider may also use low-level electrical stimulation to locate and numb the nerve causing pain. Sometimes chemicals or surgery are used to intentionally damage or cut the nerve.
Are there different types?
Nerve blocks can be temporary or longer-lasting. They can block pain signals to an area by deliberately cutting or destroying certain nerves. Surgical nerve blocks destroy peripheral nerves; nonsurgical nerve blocks inject drugs near the spinal cord or around a target nerve to block pain.