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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Naked During Surgery?

| January 13, 2013 | 16 Comments

This is not an uncommon fear. I don’t want to have the whole world see me naked during surgery either.

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The Meat Locker: Why the Operating Room is Cold & What We Do About It

| December 27, 2012 | 2 Comments

Have you ever entered an operating room and wondered why it is so cold in there?  

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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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Nervous About Pain After Surgery?

| October 8, 2012 | 0 Comments

Pain after surgery is something that most patients are anxious about. I am having my hip replaced!? That’s bound to hurt!

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Will I Urinate on Myself During Surgery?

| October 4, 2012 | 51 Comments

Patients often wonder if they will urinate during surgery. Keep reading to learn more!

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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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Why do I have to wear a hospital gown?

| June 23, 2012 | 3 Comments

Most people, myself included, do not like to walk around naked. And underneath a hospital gown, you usually have nothing else on. Why do they make you do this?

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Awake!: 12 Things to Know About Anesthesia Awareness

| May 28, 2012 | 5 Comments

Experiencing awareness under anesthesia is a topic that frightens many patients when preparing to undergo general anesthesia. This serious, but rare, complication received even more attention with the release of the movie Awake (released in 2007). Unfortunately, this movie did a horrible job of portraying this sensitive but important topic (If you’d like me to […]

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I Hate Needles! The Secrets Behind the IV

| April 30, 2012 | 12 Comments

Do you hate needles? Are you afraid of the iv? Are you a difficult intravenous stick? Learn what to do if you are scared to death of having an iv placed before surgery.

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Informed Consent and Surgery: Signing on the Dotted Line

| March 7, 2012 | 2 Comments

I recently purchased my first home. On the closing day, I signed what seemed to be ten thousand pages before I left.

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Gastric Aspiration: why do I care & why am I starving?

| March 6, 2012 | 0 Comments

If you have had surgery before or know someone who has, you are probably familiar with the phrase, “Nothing to eat or drink after midnight.”  Why is this so important?

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