Neurosurgical Anesthesia

The Anesthesia resident at the University of Iowa will gain experience in the management of a large variety of neurosurgical cases. The Neurosurgical Anesthesia division performs more than 2,100 anesthetics per year. The level of complexity ranges from the simplest lumbar laminectomy to the most complex intracranial vascular or craniovertebral/skull base procedure. These procedures may be elective or performed emergently.

Common neurosurgical procedures at the University of Iowa include: supra- and infratentorial craniotomy for tumor resection, vascular malformations and aneurysms, cranioplasty, trans-oral resection of the odontoid process, spinal fusion surgery (cervical, thoracic and lumbar), deep brain, peripheral nerve, and spinal cord stimulator implantation, minimally invasive and endoscopic procedures, burr holes, clot evacuation procedures, and neuro-interventional procedures. Our neurosurgeons also perform a large number of procedures in children including posterior fossa procedures, surgery for craniosynostosis, tethered cord and meningomyelocele repair, and ventriculoperitoneal shunts.

Residents enjoy the neuro-anesthesia rotation. They obtain a thorough foundation in all aspects of neuro-anesthesia. This includes valuable experience performing awake and asleep fiberoptic-assisted intubation. Residents also learn to manage anesthesia in combination with specialized monitoring modalities such as processed EEG and somatosensory evoked responses.

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