Surgeries & Exams
Safety Devices for the Critical Care Patient Population
Critical care patients, Alzheimer's patients, and comatose patients routinely harm themselves and others unintentionally by scratching, pulling, or grabbing. Here are some interesting ideas for injury prevention in this patient population.
10 Secrets to Get the Most Out of Your Hospital Stay
Follow these 10 secrets to get the most out of your hospital stay, prevent complications, avoid common medical errors, and most importantly, leave the hospital healthier than when you came in.
CT Scan of the Abdomen and Pelvis: With and Without Contrast
This article explains what the abdominal/pelvic CT procedure is, why it may be done, and what the doctor may be looking for. Three videos are included to demonstrate what the images may look like.
What Is the Contrast Dye Used in CT Scans (and How Does It Work)?
CT contrast (also known as contrast dye) is used to better visualize blood vessels and internal organs on a CT scan. How does it work? And, are there any side effects or risks?
What to Expect When You Are Scheduled for a CT Scan
Knowing what to expect during your CT scan (aka CAT scan) can help reduce any anxiety you may have. This article explains everything that will happen before, during, and after the procedure.
Using the Frozen Section Procedure to Diagnose Carcinoma
In this article, I discuss how skin cancers are being diagnosed and treated through a process known as the frozen section. The surgeon and lab technicians cooperate to remove 100% of the patient's skin cancer.
How to Calm Yourself Down Before a Day Surgery Procedure
As an anesthesiologist, I see many people facing surgery, some for the first time. Find out the best ways to calm yourself down before day surgery.
How Does the Neuromuscular Blocker Succinylcholine Work?
It's scary to hear a drug referred to as a "paralytic," but sometimes their administration is medically necessary. Neuromuscular blocking agents are used to make anesthesia and surgery safer.
Drugs Used During Anesthesia: Neuromuscular Blocking Agents
An anesthesiologist explains why your muscles sometimes need to be reversibly paralyzed during anesthesia. Neuromuscular blocking agents are used to achieve this goal. Learn how these drugs work to keep muscles from moving.
What Is Propofol? The "Michael Jackson Drug" in Anesthesia
As an anesthesiologist, I sometimes hear patients ask me, "Are you going to use the 'Michael Jackson Drug' on me?" Propofol is is safe and effective when administered by qualified professionals.
Interscalene Block: Nerve Block for Shoulder Surgery
An interscalene block of the brachial plexus is used to provide pain relief during and after shoulder surgery. Find out from an anesthesiologist what you should know before having this type of block.
Femoral Nerve Block: Pain Control for Knee Surgery
Femoral nerve blocks are useful for knee and thigh surgery. An anesthesiologist explains the technique, uses, and risks of the commonly used femoral nerve block.
What's the Difference Between Epidural and Spinal Anesthesia?
Ever wonder "What is the difference between a spinal and an epidural?" Read an anesthesiologist's response to this question.
The Endotracheal Tube (ETT) and the Laryngeal Mask Airway (LMA) for General Anesthesia
One of the most important—and dangerous—tasks assigned to an anesthesiologist is securing the airway of the unconscious patient. Find out how and why this is done from a certified anesthesiologist.
What Are Conscious Sedation, MAC Sedation, and Twilight Sleep?
Are you familiar with the terms used to describe sedation, anesthesia, and analgesia? An anesthesiologist explains conscious sedation, MAC sedation, and twilight sleep.
Gas Pain After Surgery: Why It Happens and How to Relieve It
Gas pain after surgery is a common complaint. This article offers tips and advice from a board-certified anesthesiologist on how to prevent and treat post-operative gas pain.
Is General Anesthesia Safe for People With High Blood Pressure?
Need surgery? Wondering if anesthesia is safe for you? High blood pressure can be a problem during general anesthesia and surgery. If you are facing surgery, controlling your hypertension will make your anesthetic as safe as possible.
Treatments for Acid Reflux During Anesthesia: Preventing Aspiration Pneumonia
Acid reflux under anesthesia can lead to aspiration pneumonia and lung damage. Learn from an anesthesiologist how to protect yourself from these complications.
Why Do I Have Urinary Bladder Retention After General Anesthesia?
Bladder retention after general anesthesia is fairly common. Find out why this happens. Understand your own risk factors and related complications from a board-certified anesthesiologist.
Postoperative Cognitive Dysfunction (POCD): Confusion After Surgery
Postoperative cognitive dysfunction is a state in which a decline in learning, memory, and/or personality changes persist long after the surgery. Here's what you need to know.
What Goes on in a Histology Lab and What It Means for Patients
A description of the process of Histology through the story of a patient, from the collection of a biopsy to a diagnosis.
Cataract Eye Surgery With Intraocular Lens Implants
Cataracts will affect many of us at one point in our lives. This article has all the information you need to make an informed decision when it's time for surgery.
PONV: Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting, a Common Side Effect of Anesthesia
Postoperative nausea and vomiting are the most common side effects after anesthesia and surgery. Find out from a board-certified anesthesiologist how to prevent and treat this unpleasant side effect.
Guide to Epidural Anesthesia for Labor and in Surgery
What is an epidural? Learn about the risks, benefits, and potential complications from a board-certified anesthesiologist.
Anesthesia Awareness: What If I Am Awake During Surgery?
Being awake under anesthesia is a serious and traumatic event. A board-certified anesthesiologist discusses this frightening complication, risk factors, and why it most likely won't happen to you.
What You Should Know About a Spinal Anesthesia Block
Learn the most important facts about spinal anesthesia, what to expect, side effects, and potential complications to prepare for your surgery.
Guide to General Anesthesia: What You Need to Know Before Going Under
A board-certified anesthesiologist explains what to expect when you have general anesthesia, possible side effects, and potential complications. Frequently asked questions are answered, as well.
Range-of-Motion Exercises After Mastectomy or Lumpectomy
Many women require therapy for range-of-motion shoulder exercises after mastectomy or lumpectomy. Exercises help stretch the soft tissues to regain shoulder movement without stressing incision scars.
How Effective Is the Lapex 2000 BCS at Reducing Fat?
With so many cosmetic lasers for fat reduction, how do you know which to choose? As a professional who has performed numerous treatments for guests, here is my personal opinion review on the Lipo Laser by Meridian Medical.
Three Different Types of Knee X-Rays (With Photos)
Struggling to make sense of a knee X-ray? Understanding the features of a normal knee X-ray can help you identify any problems you are having. Includes multiple knee X-ray views.