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Anesthesia and Young Brains: How Safe is it?

| February 3, 2017 | 1 Comment

Is anesthesia safe for young brains? If your kid needs surgery, this difficult topic is sure to grab your attention. The FDA recently released a safety advisory on the use of General Anesthetics and Sedation drugs in young children and pregnant women. What General Anesthesia Side Effect have you experienced, if any? Nausea/Vomiting Sore Throat […]

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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 | 13 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 | 10 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. What General Anesthesia Side Effect have you experienced, if any? Nausea/Vomiting Sore Throat Decreased Mental Function Itchiness None. I got awesome sleep. Serious bruising and pain […]

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Insider’s Guide to General Anesthesia Side Effects

| July 31, 2013 | 385 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 | 6 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. What General Anesthesia Side Effect have you experienced, if any? Nausea/Vomiting Sore Throat Decreased Mental Function Itchiness None. I got awesome sleep. Serious bruising and pain iside […]

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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. What General Anesthesia Side Effect have you experienced, if any? Nausea/Vomiting Sore Throat Decreased Mental Function Itchiness None. I got awesome sleep. Serious bruising and pain iside back of mouth. Never got […]

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Can I Wear Dentures During Surgery?

| March 24, 2013 | 26 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. What General Anesthesia […]

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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. What General Anesthesia Side Effect have you experienced, if any? Nausea/Vomiting Sore Throat Decreased Mental Function Itchiness None. I got awesome […]

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Itching After Anesthesia and Surgery

| February 28, 2013 | 20 Comments

Here’s another great question and answer covering itching after surgery and anesthesia. What General Anesthesia Side Effect have you experienced, if any? Nausea/Vomiting Sore Throat Decreased Mental Function Itchiness None. I got awesome sleep. Serious bruising and pain iside back of mouth. Never got the tube inserted at all. Procedure was not performed. my sides […]

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