Many of the doctors here at Allied Anesthesia are pediatric anesthesia experts and parents. We know how stressful it can be to have a child undergo a significant medical procedure and receive general anesthesia—especially when the child is very young and unable to understand what’s going on or communicate how they are feeling. More importantly, […]
Patients frequently ask us about the difference between the types of anesthesia available, how each kind is used, and what we recommend for specific procedures. For example, we’re often asked, “Do I need local or regional anesthesia?” or “What’s the difference between general anesthesia and twilight?” To answer those questions and many others, we’ve developed […]
In July 1978, Louise Brown was born in England; she was the first baby born who had been conceived via IVF. Though the fertilization process, led by Sir Robert Edwards and Dr. Patrick Steptoe, took place in a petri dish before being implanted into Louise’s mother’s uterus, Louise was commonly referred to as the first […]
It’s no secret that there’s a countrywide opioid crisis. According to the National Institute of Health, more than 130 Americans die each day from overdosing on some kind of opioid: prescription opioids, heroin, fentanyl, and others. This crisis didn’t come out of nowhere—it’s been brewing for nearly three decades and is a result of a […]
Undergoing serious medical procedures can be stressful at any age, but when you’re a parent and the patient is your young child, it’s particularly worrying. Aside from concerns about the nature of the procedure itself, many parents are hesitant to expose children to general anesthesia for fear that the medicine might have a negative impact […]
In 2017, at least 6 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Many of these prescription drugs were taken from the medicine cabinets of friends and family members. If you’ve ever had a pain medicine prescription following a procedure, you may not have ended up using […]
Could anesthesia be used in the treatment of PTSD, depression and related conditions? It’s certainly possible. A new study from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid found that when administered under specific circumstances, the anesthetic propofol can help alter traumatic and debilitating memories. The study included 50 patients who were undergoing procedures (like endoscopies and colonoscopies) […]
Many people think of an anesthesiologist’s role as limited to providing comfort during surgery—that our role begins and ends in the operating room. As our patients and their families know, anesthesiologists do much more. At Allied, we specialize in pediatric anesthesia, cardiac anesthesia, and chronic pain management. Other examples of anesthesiologist specialties are neuroanesthesia or […]
ALLIED ANSWERS & INSIGHTS Anesthesia awareness is what people often refer to as “waking up” during surgery. It’s one of the greatest concerns among patients scheduled for surgical procedures. And this makes sense considering the terrifying urban legends around anesthesia awareness. Those stories are enough to make anyone think twice about going under.
ALLIED ANSWERS & INSIGHTS By Dr. Peter Sawras Last month, I brought up the issue of the U.S. opiate drug crisis and the need for alternatives to opiate drugs. Drugs like morphine are important during recovery from major surgery, but other methods of pain management exist.