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Michael Panger

Anesthesiologist

Dr. Michael Panger is an anesthesiologist practicing in Charleston, West Virginia. Dr. Panger ensures the safety of patients who are about to undergo surgery. Anestesiologists specialize in general anesthesia, which will (put the patient to sleep), sedation, which will calm the patient or make him or her unaware of the situation, and regional anesthesia, which just numbs a specific part of the body. As an anesthesiologist, Dr. Panger also might help manage pain after an operation.
Michael Panger
  • Charleston, West Virginia
  • West Virginia University
  • Accepting new patients

Is knee arthroscopy done under general anesthesia?

It often is but can also be done under spinal anesthesia if desired.

Is general anesthesia used for ankle surgery?

It can be. Also, a regional anesthetic would be a good option, like a spinal anesthetic or nerve block of your lower leg.

Is local anesthesia safer than general?

Yes, much less risk with local

Is it ok to go under anesthesia with a cold?

Only if it's an emergency. Elective procedures should be postponed

What should I eat after general anesthesia?

Start with liquids and progress to more solid foods as you tolerate. Depending on the surgery, this can occur over hours or days.

How do you get rid of numbness from lidocaine?

There is nothing you can do. It must wear off on its own.

How long does anesthesia affect children?

That is currently being extensively studied. Most studies report no adverse effects for single exposure of anesthetics for children less than a year old. Older children suffer READ MORE
That is currently being extensively studied. Most studies report no adverse effects for single exposure of anesthetics for children less than a year old. Older children suffer no long-term effects either.

How to deal with negative side effects of dental anesthetic?

First, I would have to know what you swallowed. Your side effects do sound unusual, so I would have to know details of the procedure and anesthetic. There are several possibilities READ MORE
First, I would have to know what you swallowed. Your side effects do sound unusual, so I would have to know details of the procedure and anesthetic. There are several possibilities for anesthetics and they could possibly interact with any meds you are taking, if any.

Can anesthesia stay in your system for months?

No. The anesthetics stay in your system for hours, not days or months.

How long do root nerve block injections last?

Anywhere from 2 to 36 hrs, depending on the block

What is a high spinal block?

This refers to a spinal where the level of anesthesia is in the chest or neck area that causes blood pressure or breathing problems.

How is anesthesia different from a ventilator?

You are referring to an anesthesia machine, I assume. An anesthesia is a ventilator, but with the capability of adding anesthetic gas to the system in order to render a patient READ MORE
You are referring to an anesthesia machine, I assume. An anesthesia is a ventilator, but with the capability of adding anesthetic gas to the system in order to render a patient unconscious. A regular ventilator does not have that capability, it only acts as a means to provide artificial breathing.

What kind of anesthesia is used for a lumpectomy?

It can be either local with or without sedation, or general anesthesia, depends on your wishes and health history.

Where is local anesthesia injected?

Right where they will put the procedural needle in.

Can a nerve block cause a blood clot?

Nerve blocks are done in peripheral areas and can cause compression of veins so they can cause a clot. But, being peripheral areas, the clots are small and inconsequential.

Can someone with scoliosis get an epidural?

Yes but may be more challenging