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Propofol: How Safe is it?

| November 23, 2014 | 3 Comments

Propofol has recently been in the news for all the wrong reasons. It started with the Michael Jackson tragedy, and has continued with the unfortunate events surrounding the death of Joan Rivers. The use of propofol has been implicated in both celebrity deaths. And because of the media coverage surrounding these events, there has been […]

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Guest Podcast with Straight Shot Health: Are Labor Epidurals Dangerous?

| June 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

I recently was asked to do another podcast with Dr. Kevin at straightshothealth.com. The topic this time around was the danger of labor epidurals. It was an honor to be requested again, especially knowing all the great information Dr. Kevin provides on that site. The topic of labor epidurals is an important one. There are all sorts of […]

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My Biggest Fear as a Parent and a Way to Make a Difference: the #EatSAFE Project

| April 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

    Few things have been as rewarding and fulfilling as fatherhood. Something magical happens when our little ones look at us with big, warm, innocent eyes. How can you not melt when your little girl rests her head on your shoulder and looks at you with those eyes!     And one of my […]

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Our First Podcast: Dr. Dave on Straight Shot Health Talk

| September 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

I recently had the chance to participate in my first ever podcast! This podcast was recorded with Dr. Kevin over at Straight Shot Health Talk. Despite all the nerves about doing an interview (we did it all in one take), it was a fantastic experience. Sure, it’s weird to hear yourself speak, with all the […]

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Difficult Airway: The Aftermath

| August 4, 2013 | 5 Comments

Having a “difficult airway” is a very serious thing. Depending on the type and extent of problems associated with the airway, the situation could turn into a life-threatening one.

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Insider’s Guide to General Anesthesia Side Effects

| July 31, 2013 | 373 Comments

Updated: July 28, 2016 If you, or a loved one, are scheduled for surgery and you are wondering about the risks and side effects of general anesthesia, this article is for you. Don’t worry. You probably won’t wake up looking like this guy! Undergoing general anesthesia can be a source of anxiety for many people. […]

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Kate Middleton Choosing Hypno-Birth? Here’s Her “Back Up” Plan

| June 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

Rumors are swirling that Kate Middleton is considering hypno-birth as her strategy to deal with the challenges of labor pain. Briefly, hypno birth is a strategy to calm, relax, and self-hypnotize the body in an effort to reduce the pain of childbirth. Deep breathing and other relaxation techniques are used in hopes of decreasing the […]

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Is Dental Anesthesia Dangerous?: 5 Quick Tips to Make it Safer

| June 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

Every year, many people find themselves or their loved ones in need of anesthesia to get through their dental procedures. This may be due to extreme anxiety, a young patient that can’t hold still, or perhaps a special needs patient that won’t tolerate the dental work while awake. But how safe is anesthesia at the […]

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Happy Memorial Day: Download Our Ebooks, Free!

| May 25, 2013 | 3 Comments

We here at AnesthesiaMyths.com are very grateful for our growing community. As we take time to be with our families (my wife and I have been blessed with our first child– Katelyn), we would like to wish you and your family a safe and wonderful Memorial Day Weekend. As a small “THANK YOU”, we are […]

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An Infant Airway Obstruction at 3 AM: How an Iphone App Helped Me Out

| May 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

Not too long ago, while on-call, I got a call that any anesthesiologist hopes to never get in the middle of the night.

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Can I Wear Dentures During Surgery?

| March 24, 2013 | 15 Comments

Patients will often ask, “Can I wear my dentures during my surgery and general anesthesia?” Every patient is unique. Removing dentures may feel like a minor inconvenience to some and a real personal, emotional issue for others. Some feel uncomfortable removing them in front of close family members or even their spouses.

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Can I Wear Contact Lenses During Surgery and Anesthesia?

| March 23, 2013 | 4 Comments

Just the other day I had a patient ask me, “Can I wear my contact lenses during surgery and general anesthesia?” I smiled and

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Codeine after Tonsillectomy & Adenoidectomy Surgery in Kids: New FDA Warning

| March 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

In August 2012, the FDA declared that it was studying the use and safety of Codeine after tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy in children due to cases of adverse events and deaths in this patient population.

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Strokes & Anesthesia: What You Need To Know

| February 18, 2013 | 1 Comment

Many folks have questions about strokes (or cerebrovascular accidents) as it relates to undergoing surgery and anesthesia. Perhaps they have suffered a stroke in the past and are now concerned about having anesthesia. Or maybe they are just concerned about the effects of anesthesia on the brain and naturally start thinking about strokes. In this […]

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My 5 Favorite Valentines Day Quotes

| February 13, 2013 | 1 Comment

Happy Valentines Day from Anesthesia Myths. No, Valentines Day has nothing to do with anesthesia. In fact, we hope the only “anesthetic” you experience today is the kind Edgar Allen Poe described in the following way:

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Obesity & Anesthesia: How Is It Different?

| January 24, 2013 | 9 Comments

Obesity is at the forefront of many health discussions in the United States. According to 2012 US statistics from the American Heart Association, over 149 million men and women age 20 and older are considered overweight or obese. This means they have a BMI (body mass index) of 25 and higher. About 75 million are […]

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“By The Way, Doc, I’m a Difficult Intubation.”

| November 28, 2012 | 16 Comments

I’d like to to tell you about a recent experience I had taking care of a patient. I won’t get into specifics about the patient, the surgery, or where this took place as I do not want to violate any privacy laws. But I do want to draw attention to a little known (in the […]

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Degenerative Disc Disease: What Is It & What Are My Options?

| October 28, 2012 | 1 Comment

Degenerative disc disease is a common cause of back pain and/or neck pain. The location of the pain depends on the location of the problematic discs. Usually, the ones that cause pain are the lumbar discs (lower back) and the cervical ones (neck pain).

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Pediatric Anesthesia: a quick video for parents

| August 3, 2012 | 0 Comments

Here is a quick video for parents that are concerned about their kid’s anesthesia.

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Hate Needles? Check Out Video of MIT’s Needle-less Technology

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments

For all those out there that have a phobia of needles, check out this video of MIT’s new, needle-less injection technology.

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