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Anesthesia and Pain Medicine

Anesthesia is provided to children and adults so that they will not feel any discomfort during an operation or diagnostic procedure. The most common type of anesthesia is called "general anesthesia," which provides a lack of awareness, unconsciousness and varying degrees of muscle relaxation, while blocking discomfort or pain perception. In addition to general anesthesia, other techniques that may be used include "regional anesthesia"(major nerve blocks, as in spinal or epidural anesthesia) and sedation. In children regional anesthetic techniques are often used to help manage pain after surgery or painful procedures. Varying levels of sedation short of general anesthesia may be required for procedures that are not painful, such as a MRI or CT, or for painful procedures of relatively brief duration such as a lumbar puncture, bone marrow sampling or IV insertion.


(501) 364-2933
Fax: (501) 364-2939

Care Provided:

  • Administer anesthesia or deep sedation to infant, child and adolescent patients during surgical and diagnostic procedures
  • Anesthesia services provided in 14 full service operating rooms (including two for cardiac surgery), four additional procedure rooms in the surgical areas, two cardiac catheterization suites, three MRI rooms, two CT suites and one interventional radiology suite
  • Pediatric anesthesia is precision anesthesiology with an array of equipment unavailable in the usual adult hospital situation
  • Includes ventilator needs, fluid replacement needs and temperature control
  • Faculty and staff are available for consultation 24 hours a day
  • Pediatric Pain Medicine Program provides comprehensive, interdisciplinary treatment for infants, children and adolescents with acute and chronic pain conditions
  • Inpatient pain service treats acute pain secondary to surgery, trauma, burns, dressing changes, painful procedures and chronic medical conditions
  • Treatments include patient-controlled analgesia, epidural infusions and other methods of analgesic delivery
  • Some recurrent pain conditions such as cancer and sickle cell may be managed on an outpatient basis
  • Behavioral and psychological interventions are implemented when appropriate in conjunction with pharmacologic treatments
  • Administer anesthesia for pediatric and adult patients in the ACH Burn Clinic


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Chief of Pediatric Anesthesiology:

Timothy W. Martin, MD

Arkansas Children's Hospital
1 Children's Way
Little Rock, AR 72202-3591

Call: 501-364-2933

Dr. Martin Video - Department of Anesthesiology

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