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Does the Anesthesiologist Stay with me the Entire Time?

| November 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Updated: July 28 2016 Recently, the second most common question posed to me by patients has been: Do you stay with me during the entire surgery?  Fortunately, in our anesthesiology practice, I can say, “Yes!  I am by your side for the entire surgery.” Dr. Dave and I practice in an all-physician anesthesiology practice.  This […]

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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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5 Questions You Should Ask Your Anesthesiologist Before Going Under

| July 27, 2013 | 3 Comments

Are you about to have surgery? Getting anxious about your procedure? Here are the five questions to ask your anesthesiologist before “going under” anesthesia.

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Smoking and Anesthesia: What’s at Risk?

| May 20, 2013 | 4 Comments

Are you a smoker who is about to have surgery and anesthesia? Are you worried about the effects of anesthesia in smokers? These answers and more to follow.

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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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The Blood Patch: Info You Can Use

| April 20, 2013 | 93 Comments

Updated: July 29, 2016 So you are getting a blood patch for a spinal headache.  What is a blood patch?

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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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Labor Epidural Video: The Best One to Watch

| March 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

Are you curious about labor epidurals? Check out the newest video about epidurals!

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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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Itching After Anesthesia and Surgery

| February 28, 2013 | 16 Comments

Here’s another great question and answer covering itching after surgery and anesthesia.

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The Types of Anesthesia: Your Definitive 5 Minute Guide

| February 25, 2013 | 2 Comments

Curious about the different types of anesthesia?  What is the difference between local anesthesia, general anesthesia, and conscious sedation? How about nerve blocks, spinals, and epidural anesthesia? And exactly how much alcohol is in a bier block?

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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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The Day of Surgery

| February 8, 2013 | 2 Comments

The day of surgery can provoke a variety of emotions, from excitement to anxiety and sometimes fear.  Learn about the important events on the day of surgery so that you can be more informed.

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The Labor Epidural: Is it Dangerous For Me & My Baby?

| February 8, 2013 | 3 Comments

Many women have had a labor epidural.  And many women have strong opinions, for and against labor epidurals.  Want to learn more? 

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Anesthesia for Lap Band Surgery

| February 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Are you having bariatric surgery, weight loss surgery, lap band surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, or gastric bypass surgery? What kind of anesthesia will you have?

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Epidural Side Effects for the Laboring Patient

| January 31, 2013 | 60 Comments

Updated: July 29, 2016 Getting an epidural but curious about potential epidural side effects? Your answers are here.

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Scared of Anesthesia

| January 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

Are you scared of anesthesia? Is this fear making you dread having surgery?

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