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.
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.
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.