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Dr. Stephen L Ratcliff has the following 2 specialties
Anesthesiologists are physicians who are trained to administer anesthetics, which are medicines used to block nerve sensation. Anesthesia can be either local to one specific part of a body, like a tooth, or regional to block feeling to a larger portion of the body, such as during an epidural for child birth. It can also be more general to block sensation to the entire body, resulting in unconsciousness.
Anesthesiologists assist in surgery by determining how much anesthesia is necessary and by monitoring the patient's level of responsiveness and vital signs throughout the procedure. The anesthesia specialist will also bring the patient out of anesthesia and then continue to monitor his or her vital signs post-operation.
Besides assisting in surgeries, anesthesiologists may also treat patients suffering from chronic pain.
- Internal Medicine
An internist is a physician who focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that affect the adult population—both acute and chronic.
These doctors are often who adults see as their primary physicians because they treat a broad range of illnesses that do not require surgical or specialist interventions. They also work to help a patient maintain optimal health in order to prevent the onset of disease.
In addition to treating the common cold and flu, internists also treat chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease.
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I have three children. I had my first baby c section while still in NC. I had a horrible experience!! The anesthesiologist tried about 6 times to do my epidural, failing every time. I was miserable the whole time, until they finally decided to just put me to sleep. Going into Kingwood having my 2nd child, I was terrified!! Dr. Ratcliff came by to talk to me before surgery and told me he would either end up being my best friend, or my worst enemy. By the end he was my best friend for sure!!! he walked back to the operating room with me, talking to me the whole way. He really put me at ease, especially after my husband left and I really started getting scared. When he started to do the epidural, it was over in literally just a few minutes with no pain. During my surgery, he kept a very watchful eye out on me, and even gave me nausea meds before i even knew i was nauseous! With my 2nd child, i wasted no time asking to have him do my anesthesia, and they sure enough got him for my 3rd child. I had a very pleasant experience again, he even took pictures for us after the baby came out. This one was more difficult because her head was so big, it took awhile for them to get her out, but Dr. Ratcliff talked me through the whole thing reassuring me, and keeping me updated. I am very thankful for this doctor, and would recommend him to anyone who is going in for surgery!!
12 Years Experience
University Of Texas Medical Branch School Of Medicine
Graduated in 2006
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Dr. Stephen L Ratcliff accepts the following insurance providers.
- CIGNA HMO
- CIGNA LocalPlus
- CIGNA Open Access Plus
- CIGNA PPO
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