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.
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.
Surgery is typically performed for severe laryngomalacia when sleep apnea or growth failure are present. What to expect when your child has a supraglottoplasty or epiglottopexy.
What is the half life of a drug? Learn about the types, equation, and formula for the half life, as well as how to calculate a drug dose schedule.
Many would say the benefits of weight loss surgery are obvious. There are also many common side effects of surgery. There is an emerging trend however of a much more serious complication of unstable blood sugar.
A review of my experience at Shriners Hospital, including information about the hospital, my journey as a patient, life after leaving Shriners, and recommendations for future patients.
I had bunion surgery six months ago. Here are some recovery photos, as well as tips for coping by rearranging your bedroom, making adjustments to your daily activities, and asking for help.
These are the highlights of my jaw surgery regarding the hospital stay and my recovery time at home. The surgery solved my overbite issue and I survived the procedure and the hospital stay. It however was not a walk in the park. Read everything you need to know right here.
Pulmonary embolism patients will encounter a wide range of doctors, specialists, and other professionals during treatment and recovery. This is a description of the various professionals you may meet.
Emergency versus non-emergency, as well as ALS versus BLS, are two important questions to consider when evaluating which ambulance base rate should be filed with your ambulance claim.
If you have a Flexible Spending Account, you know you must spend all your money within a certain amount of time. Here are some FSA-eligible products in case you need to do some last-minute spending.
Anesthesiologists are medical doctors who specialize in the care of patients before, during and after surgery. Whether the anesthetic is routine and easy or emergent and life-threatening, the anesthesiologist is with the patient the whole time they are in the operating room.
CNA's are an important part of the healthcare team. Here is some advice on how to be a well-loved and respected aide.
Acid reflux under anesthesia can lead to aspiration pneumonia and lung damage. Learn from an anesthesiologist how to protect yourself from these complications.
Gallbladder surgery (cholecystectomy) is the most common method of removing gallstones. It is actually one of the most common surgeries performed in the United States, with over half a million people undergoing the procedure each year. Most...
Postoperative cognitive dysfunction is a state in which a decline in learning, memory, and/or personality changes persist long after the surgery.
Possible side effects of wysolone medication and how to reduce them.
Are you a candidate for a total knee replacement? If so, I hope this article, which includes my husband's joint replacement, will benefit you. Hip and shoulder replacement candidates can also benefit.
What is an epidural? Learn about the risks, benefits, and potential complications from a board-certified anesthesiologist.
Salbutamol (also known as albuterol and Ventolin) is used in rescue inhalers for asthma. Research suggests that it may reduce the risk of Parkinson's disease.
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.
At first it's hard to come to terms with. You have a s**t bag stuck to your stomach because you've just had a colostomy. Emotional stress is to be expected . . . but how should you deal with it?
Ever wonder "What is the difference between a spinal and an epidural?" Read an anesthesiologist's response to this question.
So, you're in the hospital and the alarm on the telemetry monitor is going off. But the staff tells you its nothing but PVCs. What gives?!? Well, PVCs aren't a big deal. Read on to learn why.
Taking Mirapex for restless leg syndrome (RLS) can result in a destructive compulsion to gamble. This is the story of a loved one who unfortunately developed this addiction.
In this article, I provide first-person experience with individuals I have known who suffered knee problems, along with some useful links to additional information. Some suggestions for decision-making, along with photos and a video, are included.
Acetaminophen (or paracetamol) relieves pain and reduces fever. Its method of action is only partially understood. The drug is toxic to the liver at high doses.
Have you been told that your medication is not FDA-approved? Does that mean it's illegal? Or dangerous? Some meds on the market today never passed the FDA review.
Stitches have been used to close wounds for thousands of years. Staples, tape, and adhesive are also used today. Laser welding of wounds may be common soon.
Spinal taps can make diagnoses that save lives, but they can have painful side effects. Watch out for these signs that you might be suffering from a post-dural headache.
Follow these tips for recovering from gallbladder surgery to avoid complications and get yourself back to normal. This article is based on my own personal experience with this procedure.
Learn about the tricks health insurance companies and their providers use to increase their bottom lines.
Quinine is a bitter chemical from the cinchona tree. It’s a good treatment for malaria but can produce side effects. Treating leg cramps with quinine is risky.
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.
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.
What characterizes a great doctor? Tips on how to find a great medical professional.
Cataracts will affect all 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.
Learn the most important facts about spinal anesthesia, what to expect, side effects, and potential complications to prepare for your surgery.
This article provides information on some of the barriers caregivers encounter in taking care of themselves. It also offers suggestions for others to help or offer care.
Doctors sometimes use a fecal transplant to add bacteria to the large intestine. The procedure can be very helpful for C. diff infections and for some cases of IBD.
If you are trying to taper off Zoloft, or if you quit cold turkey and are having side effects or withdrawal symptoms, you are not alone. Getting off Zoloft is not always easy...
Having researched and analyzed the Medicare options for myself, I have a thorough understanding of the system and can teach you what you need to know.
Breast augmentation surgery recovery could take anywhere from 2 week to a month. Here are 10 tips that will help you feel more comfortable during your home recovery.
Learn about various lens implants for cataracts, including premium lenses that may eliminate the need for glasses. This article is based on the author's personal experience with cataract surgery.
What's the difference between Flonase and Flonase Sensimist? Is one better or more effective than the other? Read this article, written by a community pharmacist.
Zinc oxide relieves the discomfort of skin irritations and act as a sunscreen. The chemical is safe, although there are some concerns about its nanoparticle form.
Gas pain after surgery is a common complaint. This articles offers tips and advice from a board-certified anesthesiologist for how to prevent and treat post-operative gas pain.
This article talks about what happens to hair after chemo therapy has ended and your hair starts growing back.
The best way I could think of to describe the process of Histology is to tell the story of a patient and follow the patient from the collection of a biopsy to a diagnosis.
Doctors are only human. Breaking down the barrier between doctor and patient is crucial to achieve earlier diagnosis and better prognosis for patients who are suffering from debilitating illnesses.
Some important information about mixing two of the most commonly used over-the-counter medications—Tylenol (acetaminophen) and aspirin.
Learn what to expect after meniscus surgery, from a patient's perspective. See pictures of what your knee will look like after a partial meniscectomy. Learn what the recovery is really like.
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.
As someone who takes thyroid medication, I wrote this article to share my experience and to provide information for others who might have thyroid conditions.
While not appropriate for everyone, these generic medications offer a big price break on everyday medications for allergies, heartburn, and the common cold.
Medicare Advantage Plans may seem like a good deal, but many people are finding out that this is not the case. Learn what you need to know before you sign up.
This is a discussion of mental health group topics that will help you organize focused therapy groups or to create a complete therapy program. Subtopics are also included for each primary topic.
Candida albicans is a yeast that lives in humans. It's generally harmless but may sometimes multiply dramatically. Nystatin is an effective medicine for the infection.
This is the real-life experience of a family member who had core decompression and then total double hip replacement to treat his avascular necrosis. What to expect at the hospital and at home.
Serotonin syndrome is a serious and potentially dangerous condtions which may result from interactions between certain prescription drugs. In this article a pharmacist briefly explains the nature of serotonin syndrome, what causes it, and how to avoid serotonin syndrome.
Being truthful about your pain will help you feel better faster.
Home INR management is an option for some patients on warfarin (Coumadin). It is reliable for most patients, but not all. Learn the benefits of home INR testing and a list of machine suppliers.
The corticosteroid prednisone definitely saves lives but has some serious and life-long consequences. Here, a physician and patient formerly on long-term prednisone discusses the pros and cons of this potent medication.
Corticosteroids reduce inflammation and also suppress the immune system in autoimmune diseases and organ transplants. They are useful drugs but have side effects.
As someone who regularly suffers from migraines with weird symptoms, I have undergone a number of MRIs. Being claustrophobic makes it worse. So how do I get through these procedures?
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.
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.
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.
There are three classes of blood thinner medications that treat clots: anticoagulants, thrombolytics, and antiplatelets. Learn about the differences between these classes.
If you must have your appendix removed because of appendicitis, here is my story about my laparoscopic appendectomy. I hope it helps you prepare for your surgery.
What is that statement you just received from your health insurance? It's called an Explanation of Benefits, or an EOB. Does it actually explain anything? Or does it just create confusion?
I had a macular pucker peel procedure done on my left eye. This article covers everything you need to know if you're considering this procedure for yourself.
While an abdominal hysterectomy procedure used to be an extremely difficult procedure, a da Vinci Robotic Surgery using the da Vinci Surgical System has made the hysterectomy a much easier procedure.
This article discusses the uses of both ibuprofen and acetaminophen, as well as potential risks. Because so many drugs contain acetaminophen, accidental overdose is very common.
My son suffered a herniated disc, which led to a microdiscectomy procedure. This is the story of his experience, including the recovery phase.
Surgical repair of your shoulder, including your rotator cuff, labrum, bicep, and tendon, can be a scary proposition. Learn what to expect on the day of surgery, as well as the immediate recovery.
A long-term kidney transplant recipient lists her top 10 ways to keep an organ transplant going strong. This helpful and encouraging advice can apply to the recipient of any type of organ transplant.
An anesthesiologist explains the various terms used to describe sedation, anesthesia, and analgesia.
Malignant hyperthermia is an uncommon skeletal muscle disorder affecting people undergoing general anesthesia during surgeries. This article covers its diagnosis, pathophysiology, and management.
Why do prescriptions run out of refills? And when they do, what do you do about it? As a pharmacist, I am aware that this is a frustrating problem for many people.
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.
Taking antibiotics can make you very sick, and even kill you. After taking clindamycin for a oral infection, I developed a rampant C. diff infection that landed me in the hospital.
The Madagascar periwinkle contains vinblastine and vincristine, which are used in cancer chemotherapy. Velvet beans contain L-dopa, a chemical used to treat Parkinson's disease.
Lexapro, a common antidepressant and anti-anxiety treatment, can be riddled with hidden physiological complications and side effects.
This is a summary of what prednisone is, a list of side effects (short and long-term), as well as the effects of prednisone withdrawal on the body. This is not a substitute for medical advice.
Has your massage therapist commented on the knots in your back? Do you really have a defect that only a professional can feel, let alone treat? Find out what those "knots" really are.
Oxycontin, Percocet, and Vicodin are common prescription medications. This article describes what they are and how they can be safely used as well as my professional advice as a pharmacist.
Budesonide is a corticosteroid that reduces inflammation. Formoterol is a bronchodilator. Both medications are useful for asthma management.
In this article, I will discuss my experience with Accutane, including how to combat side effects and tips on Accutane-friendly makeup and products.
Cervical spine surgery is a procedure that corrects the movement of the neck and alleviate nerve compression. The prospect of surgery can be downright intimidating. If you are having one in the future, continue reading to know what to expect. ...
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 (which is different and...
Hip replacement is a routine surgery, and the techniques are well tested. Recovery can be very speedy indeed, although there are a number of factors that will impact the specific outcome.
So, what was it like going to Thailand to have sex reassignment surgery? Here is my experience, in a nutshell.
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.
While starting any business is challenging, setting up a counseling practice tends to prove especially daunting. This type of practice requires both stamina and openness to innovation.
Methylene blue is a dye used to stain tissues and is used as a medication, as well. It has some important health benefits, but it also has some health risks.