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Dr. Roy N. Skousen

Anesthesiologist

Dr. Roy N. Skousen is a top Anesthesiologist in Tulsa, . With a passion for the field and an unwavering commitment to their specialty, Dr. Roy N. Skousen is an expert in changing the lives of their patients for the better. Through their designated cause and expertise in the field, Dr. Roy N. Skousen is a prime example of a true leader in healthcare. As a leader and expert in their field, Dr. Roy N. Skousen is passionate about enhancing patient quality of life. They embody the values of communication, safety, and trust when dealing directly with patients. In Tulsa, Oklahoma, Dr. Roy N. Skousen is a true asset to their field and dedicated to the profession of medicine.
Dr. Roy N. Skousen
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Accepting new patients

How will I know if I am allergic to anesthesia?

Hello, and thanks for asking a great question. As with all medications, there is the possibility of an allergic reaction to one or more agents used during anesthesia. Anesthesia READ MORE
Hello, and thanks for asking a great question.
As with all medications, there is the possibility of an allergic reaction to one or more agents used during anesthesia. Anesthesia is divided into two broad categories, General (where you are fully asleep) and Conduction (where pain impulses are blocked from reaching the brain). Each of these categories has variations on its theme: General, ranges from slight sedation to the fully asleep version, and Conduction, blocking small nerves near the site of surgery to larger nerves near the center of the body, the spinal cord.
A medical history is the primary method to determine allergies to medications and anesthesia. If you have family members who have had a reaction to an anesthetic or allergies to certain medications, many of these are used in modern anesthesia. Some allergies follow family heredity and some are patient specific. Even allergies to certain foods can give us a hint as to a potential drug allergy in anesthesia. Most anesthesia agents and medications are well proven with millions of successful anesthetics administered every year.
If during a surgery, a patient shows signs of an allergic reaction, the medication or agent is stopped and another used in its stead. Anesthesia providers are very diligent about observing patients under anesthesia. Possible drug reactions or allergies are always watched for during an anesthetic.
If no allergy was discovered in the history, the only alternative to find out before the surgery would be, allergy testing for the major classes of medications used in anesthesia.
Thanks again for your question.