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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Breathing Tube: Intubated with an Endotracheal Tube

| January 19, 2013 | 380 Comments

Updated: July 29, 2016 The breathing tube….Will I be intubated with an endotracheal tube during surgery?

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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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Confused after Surgery: Post-Operative Cognitive Decline

| November 16, 2012 | 17 Comments

Have you had trouble recovering mentally from surgery and anesthesia?  Do you feel confused?  Learn more from this answer to one guest’s comment.

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Chest Pain and Anesthesia

| November 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

Worried about having chest pain and undergoing anesthesia?  Read one of the site’s best question and answer series below.

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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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