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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. What General Anesthesia Side Effect have you experienced, if any? Nausea/Vomiting Sore Throat Decreased Mental Function Itchiness Serious bruising and pain […]

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Naked During Surgery?

| January 13, 2013 | 28 Comments

This is not an uncommon fear. I don’t want to have the whole world see me naked during surgery either. What General Anesthesia Side Effect have you experienced, if any? Nausea/Vomiting Sore Throat Decreased Mental Function Itchiness Serious bruising and pain iside back of mouth. Never got the tube inserted at all. Procedure was not […]

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

| December 27, 2012 | 7 Comments

Have you ever entered an operating room and wondered why it is so cold in there?   What General Anesthesia Side Effect have you experienced, if any? Nausea/Vomiting Sore Throat Decreased Mental Function Itchiness Serious bruising and pain iside back of mouth. Never got the tube inserted at all. Procedure was not performed. None. I […]

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

| November 28, 2012 | 23 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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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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Do You Listen to Music During Surgery?

| May 25, 2012 | 1 Comment

Of course! Most surgeons we work with are big music fans. If it doesn’t interfere with the patient’s safety and the surgeon wants to listen to music, we dial it in. Some surgeons like to hear classical music while they work, others have been known to listen to sermons, and others prefer to work without […]

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