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Professor of Anesthesiology, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. I am a board certified anesthesiologist who can answer all questions related to any type of Anesthesia with the exception of Pain Management.


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Recent Answers from Ronald Levy, M.D.

2016-12-03 Risk of aspiration due to belching:

You should certainly inform the anesthesiologist of your problem. There are several anesthetic approaches to this procedure. The most common is probably a spinal anesthetic. In this case you would be sedated

2016-10-04 Anesthesiologist vs CRNA:

Depending on what state you are in, some CRNAs can work under the direction of a surgeon (with no anesthesiologist present). CRNAs are allowed to manage any anesthetic case (including open heart, etc)

2016-09-30 anesthesia:

Controlled breathing is when you are intubated and your breathing is managed by a ventilator. Even with controlled breathing, the stone will still move and they are not going to stop your breathing every

2016-09-25 if take anti-anxiety med before anesthesia...:

Yes. It is a painful procedure but it can be done under deep sedation. There is nothing wrong with doing it under general. It is extremely safe and probably more comfortable for you but there are options

2016-09-25 if take anti-anxiety med before anesthesia...:

First of all, lithotripsy does not REQUIRE general anesthesia although a lot of people prefer it. They can give you an anxiolytic the night before but more often we give you an injectable version before

 

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