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Dr. Paul J. Fronapfel, M.D.

Anesthesiologist

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Dr. Paul J. Fronapfel, M.D.
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Is local anesthesia sometimes used for transplant surgery?

You could theoretically do it under spinal or epidural anesthesia, but, unless there is a good reason for you not to have a general anesthetic, you will be asleep.

Having a section of colon removed. What is the recovery time for this?

Depends on the surgeon, location, your health, how much colon is removed, and what types of programs your hospital has set up, such as ERAS (enhanced recovery after surgery).

Is anesthesia risky for a sleep apnea patient?

In general, anesthesia is safer than driving your car down the street. Sleep apnea increases your risks of adverse events and outcomes, but not exactly related to the anesthesia READ MORE
In general, anesthesia is safer than driving your car down the street. Sleep apnea increases your risks of adverse events and outcomes, but not exactly related to the anesthesia itself. People who have sleep apnea can have more difficult airways to manage, thus increasing the risks of anesthesia. As well, if you are needing opioids to control pain postoperatively, sleep apnea increases the risks of having an event related to excessive sedation or obstruction. The type of surgery and postoperative pain medication requirements play a role.

The bottom line is that risks are increased with sleep apnea, and it’s important to let your anesthesia team know that you have sleep apnea.

Can anesthesia in elderly patients cause excessive sleep?

Yes, as can pain meds, the stress of surgery, shallow breathing, hospitalization, etc.

I have a heel spur. Does the treatment involve anesthesia?

It depends, and yes. But sometimes, the surgeons put a tourniquet on your leg and that’s hard to tolerate without sedation or general anesthesia

Can anesthesia lead to nerve damage?

The most likely way this could happen related to anesthesia would be from a direct injection of local anesthetic into a nerve fascicle during a nerve block.

How long does the impact of local anesthesia last?

It depends on the specific drugs used, but anywhere between a few hours and 36 hours

Why do I need to meet the anesthesiologist before my surgery?

It depends...there is either something in your medical history or you are having a high risk surgery. We gather information and order potential tests or referrals to optimize your READ MORE
It depends...there is either something in your medical history or you are having a high risk surgery. We gather information and order potential tests or referrals to optimize your health for the best surgical outcome.

What anesthesia is easier to recover from?

Local essentially means no sedation. It’s a spectrum between nothing and General. The deeper the anesthesia, the more difficult the recovery.

Is my fever a side effect of anesthesia?

A low-grade fever is common after anesthesia, and is likely related to atelectasis, or closure of the small airways (alveoli) in the lungs. Typically, if you work on deep breathing READ MORE
A low-grade fever is common after anesthesia, and is likely related to atelectasis, or closure of the small airways (alveoli) in the lungs. Typically, if you work on deep breathing and coughing, it can help resolve this.

Is it risky for children to go under anesthesia?

Less risk than getting in your car every day