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Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Department

The anaesthetist’s work is often little known but it is fundamental for the patient’s well-being. Indeed, before anything else, it is the anaesthetist who evaluates the patient’s state of health before, during and after the operation, the surgeon being primarily concerned with the organ to be operated on.

  • Before the operation: the first evaluation is done during a pre-operative consultation, 10 to 15 days before the procedure, in order to be able, if necessary, to prescribe specific investigations. The patient is seen again the day before the procedure. Objective: to evaluate and “treat” any anxiety on his/her part, which is especially common in cancer cases, particularly the day before an operation!
  • After the operation: the anaesthetist is also responsible for the post-operative treatment. In the case of a great deal of treatment being required, patients are managed in Intensive Care (RESI unit – 7 beds) under the responsibility of a permanent anaesthetist. The other patients go through the recovery room before returning to the ward.
  • Pain management: during hospitalisation anaesthetists are involved daily with the analgesia of the patients operated on, but also of the patients hospitalised for medical treatment and who require analgesic treatment. This is generally done in consultation with the “pain” staff or in the supportive care unit.

Research projects


Project 1 (ongoing)

The DESIGN trial - A randomised, Double-blind, placebo-controlled study to assess the effectiveness of pectoral nerves block (Pecs) after breast surgery on piritramide consumption

Project 2 (ongoing)

Un modèle K-Pd pour évaluer l’influence de la chimiothérapie néoadjuvante sur la pharmacologie du propofol.
  • Project leader : Dr Amédée Ego
  • Financing :  Anaesthesiology Department

Projet 3

Effet de la modulation adrénergique et inflammatoire peropératoire sur l’immunité et le pronostic oncologique des patients.

Project 4

Effect of alpha-2 adrenoreceptor activation on postoperative neuro-inflammation and cognitive decline.
  • Project leader : Dr Sarah Saxena
  • Financing : Belgian American Education Fondation.
  • Collaboration : Dr Mervyn Maze of the UCSF


 Scientific publications

Current controversies and future perspectives on treatment of intensive care unit delirium in adults.

Authors : Cascella M, Fiore M, Leone S, Carbone D, Di Napoli R
Year : 2019
Journal : World J Crit Care Med
Volume : 8
Pages : 18-27

Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator Flap (D.I.E.P) for Breast Reconstruction: Impact of Intraoperative Intrathecal Morphine on Outcome

Authors : Ben Aziz M, Halenarova K, Schroder E, Kamps V, Paesmans M, Khalife M, Urbain F, Sosnowski M
Year : 2018
Journal : The open access journal of science and technology
Volume : 5
Pages : 11 pages

Potential Benefit of Intra-operative Administration of Ketorolac on Breast Cancer Recurrence According to the Patient's Body Mass Index.

Authors : Desmedt C, Demicheli R, Fornili M, Bachir I, Duca M, Viglietti G, Berlière M, Piccart-Gebhart M, Sotiriou C, Sosnowski M, Forget P, Biganzoli E
Year : 2018
Journal : J Natl Cancer Inst
Volume : 110(10)
Pages : 1115-1122

Effect of induced relative hypoxia on reticulocyte count in oncological abdominal surgery: a single-centre, controlled, randomized pilot study.

Authors : Khalife M, Wiams K, Ben Aziz M, Balestra C, Sosnowski M
Year : 2018
Journal : International journal of scientific research
Volume : 7(4)
Pages : 12-16

Does the type of anesthesia influence the outcome after modular proximal mega prosthesis for bone metastases of the femur?

Authors : Ben Aziz M, Kamps V, Gebhart M, Shumelinsky F, Khalife M, Sosnowski M
Year : 2018
Journal : Acta Anaesthesiol Belg
Volume : 69
Pages : 45-53

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