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Dr. David R. Becker, M. D.

Anesthesiologist

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33 years Experience
Dr. David R. Becker, M. D.
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Accepting new patients

Is my fever a side effect of anesthesia?

Low grade fever after surgery and anesthesia is not that uncommon and can be due to what is called atelectasis in the lungs. Should resolve in a day or two if you are up and about READ MORE
Low grade fever after surgery and anesthesia is not that uncommon and can be due to what is called atelectasis in the lungs. Should resolve in a day or two if you are up and about and do some deep breathing and coughing exercises. Report to your doctor if it persists or other symptoms occur.

Is it risky for children to go under anesthesia?

If your child does not have any severe medical issues such as congenital heart disease or poorly controlled asthma, then anesthesia for tonsillectomy is quite safe.

Is it a must to stop Adderall while getting anaesthesia?

No, she does not need to discontinue her Adderall.

I am planning to go for a lip piercing. Will anaesthesia help in easing the pain?

I am not sure which anesthesia cream you are referring to. EMLA cream is prescription only and helps when applied 30 minutes prior to starting an IV on children

Do kids need anesthesia before being taken for a CT scan?

Yes. Anesthesia or some form of sedation is needed in children for CT scans as it is important for them to remain perfectly still during the scan.

What kind of anesthesia will I be given for my cataract surgery?

We generally give a short-acting, intense sedative agent and then perform a nerve block for the eye.

What if my anesthesia stops working in the middle of the surgery?

The gas anesthetic agents are run continuously during the operation. The only way it would stop working is if it runs out of gas or they have to decrease the amount significantly READ MORE
The gas anesthetic agents are run continuously during the operation. The only way it would stop working is if it runs out of gas or they have to decrease the amount significantly due to you not tolerating the agent. Those situations are extremely unlikely if you are otherwise healthy and the anesthesiologist is paying attention.

Is it riskier for people who are overweight to go under anesthesia?

In general, obesity can make our job more difficult. Most C-sections are done under either spinal or epidural anesthesia which is technically more challenging in the obese patient. READ MORE
In general, obesity can make our job more difficult. Most C-sections are done under either spinal or epidural anesthesia which is technically more challenging in the obese patient. However, with planned C-sections the anesthesiologist has the luxury of time compared to an emergency situation.

Will anesthesia affect my antidepressants?

Not that I am aware of. Although, if you are taking an SSRI type of antidepressant, there are some rare interactions with anesthetic agents and anti-nausea medication. That being READ MORE
Not that I am aware of. Although, if you are taking an SSRI type of antidepressant, there are some rare interactions with anesthetic agents and anti-nausea medication. That being said, I have done thousands of cases with patients on SSRIs and have rarely seen this to be a problem.

Is anesthesia risky for a COPD patient?

Pulmonary function will be a problem if he is having an abdominal or thoracic procedure. Otherwise, he should do fine.

Can local anesthesia be given to treat chronic pain?

Lidocaine patches are prescribed for just this type of problem and are worth a try. Local anesthetic injections combined with steroids can be used for trigger point injections READ MORE
Lidocaine patches are prescribed for just this type of problem and are worth a try. Local anesthetic injections combined with steroids can be used for trigger point injections into tightly knotted muscles.

Is it to get anesthesia with a fever?

That depends on how sick you are. If you have been experiencing a chronic, low-grade fever, then it should not be a problem. If someone is in septic shock, they will not tolerate READ MORE
That depends on how sick you are. If you have been experiencing a chronic, low-grade fever, then it should not be a problem. If someone is in septic shock, they will not tolerate anesthesia very well.

Are there any side effects of an epidural injection?

The best side effect is reduced pain of childbirth. However, there are some that say it can slow the second stage of childbirth. Also, it can cause a lowering of your blood pressure READ MORE
The best side effect is reduced pain of childbirth. However, there are some that say it can slow the second stage of childbirth. Also, it can cause a lowering of your blood pressure but as long as that is minimized then I think the risk to you and your child are low.

Can anesthesia leave a person dazed and drowsy for over two days?

It depends on what anesthetic agents were used but in general that is a bit unusual unless he is an older and more debilitated individual.

Is it safe for me to get an anesthesia after having my insulin injection?

I would try to get instructions from the anesthesiologist the night before surgery. Usually we tell patients to take about 1/2 their normal does of only the LONG- acting types READ MORE
I would try to get instructions from the anesthesiologist the night before surgery. Usually we tell patients to take about 1/2 their normal does of only the LONG- acting types of insulin. No short acting ones, as you will not be eating the morning of surgery.