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Conor's Autism Reality: Dental Filling Work Requires General Anesthetic by Harold L D. Patient Expert Posted Sat 21 Mar 2009 3:15pm Conor visited the Oromocto hospital yesterday to have filling work done on a dental cavity. The visit went very well. The pre-operative visit at another local hospital had been very difficult for Conor primarily because of a long delay between our arrival time and the time the examining physician was able to see him. In both visits thou ... Read on »
Pet Anesthetic by heru m. Patient Expert Posted Mon 20 Dec 2010 7:11am Before the anesthetic procedure A thorough history of current and past medical problems can provide valuable information about your pet’s physical condition. A history of poor ability to exercise may indicate abnormal heart or lung function, an important consideration when planning an anesthetic procedure. Physical examinati ... Read on »
A New Tool For Understanding The Mechanism Of General Anesthesia by David Smith, MD Posted Tue 24 Nov 2009 10:03pm A team of investigators led by Roderic Eckenhoff recently published their identification of a fluorescent anesthetic compound that should assist in obtaining more precise information about the mechanism of anesthetics and allow more rapid testing of potential new anesthetic drugs.   The compound, 1-aminoanthracene, is anesthetic, potentiates GA ... Read on »
Consensus Statement – First international workshop on anesthetics and Alzheimer’s disease by David Smith, MD Posted Mon 05 Oct 2009 10:03pm The workshop was held in May, 2008 at the University of Pennsylvania and the consensus document was recently published in Anesthesia and Analgesia.   The statement provides 8 conclusions: 1) The benefits of general anesthetics in allowing surgery and other painful procedures likely outweighs the potentially toxic effects that are currently know ... Read on »
Common Stimulant May Speed Recovery From General Anesthesia by Ed H. Doctor of Pharmacy Posted Thu 22 Sep 2011 7:40pm Administration of the commonly used stimulant drug methylphenidate (Ritalin) was able to speed recovery from general anesthesia in an animal study conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).  The report, appearing in the October issue of Anesthesiology, is the first demonstration in mammals of what could be a safe and effective way to in ... Read on »
A patient unexpectedly does not “wake up” at the end of an anesthetic and is taken to the PACU by David Smith, MD Posted Fri 28 May 2010 12:00am Dr. Falk discusses what needs to be done when a patient unexpectedly does not “wake up” at the end of a general anesthetic: An unresponsive patient in the recovery suite should be approached as if they have a life threatening condition.  Immediate evaluation and survey should include the basics of resuscitation.  Can the patient main ... Read on »
Recovery From Propofol Anesthesia May Be Sped By Use Of Common Stimulant by Ed H. Doctor of Pharmacy Posted Fri 06 Apr 2012 5:04pm The ability of the commonly used stimulant methylphenidate (Ritalin) to speed recovery from general anesthesia appears to apply both to the inhaled gas isoflurane, as previously reported, and to the intravenous drug propofol.  Members of the same Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) research team that reported the isoflurane study are publishin ... Read on »
Surgery Concerns for Children by Sondra .. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Mon 23 Feb 2009 9:42pm My son recently had to have a cavity filled at the dentist's office and was given Versed in order to alleviate his fear of the big needle they used to numb the area they worked on. He had this procedure done once before and it was a strange experience that I was hoping we wouldn't have to go through again. The effects of Versed are similar to ... Read on »
Reader Question: Breast Implants Under Local? by Dr. John D. Medical DoctorHealth Maven Posted Thu 09 Dec 2010 10:30am Reader Question: A surgeon I’m thinking about seeing said on his site that breast implants were able to be done under local + intravenous anesthetic (like twilight). Can this really be done? I always thought it was too invasive for just twilight, especially if it is under the muscle. Is there an advantage to using twilight? After ... Read on »
Anorectal Disease by Dr. Anshu Gupta Patient Expert Posted Tue 02 Jun 2009 4:40pm Anal Abscesses/Fistulae Hemorrhoids Anal Cancers In conjunction with the Women's Center for Pelvic Disorders, the physicians in this group evaluate and treat patients with pelvic floor disorders, constipation and fecal incontinence. Patients have acc ... Read on »