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Steven M. Lasker

Anesthesiologist

Dr. Steven Lasker is an anesthesiologist practicing in Lakewood Township, New Jersey. Dr. Lasker 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. Lasker also might help manage pain after an operation.
Steven M. Lasker
  • Lakewood Township, New Jersey
  • MD at University of Illinois
  • Accepting new patients

Is it possible to be allergic to anesthesia?

1st you could do the shoulder under peripheral nerve block with sedation instead of general anesthesia. 2nd allergies to drugs administered for anesthesia have a low allergic propensity, READ MORE
1st you could do the shoulder under peripheral nerve block with sedation instead of general anesthesia. 2nd allergies to drugs administered for anesthesia have a low allergic propensity, but, nonetheless, possible.

What are the other types of anesthesia that is used in surgery?

Spinal, epidural, regional, and MAC anesthesia.

What are the other types of anesthesia that is used in surgery?

General, spinal, epidural, regional, and MAC - monitored anesthesia care; I.e., local infiltration with sedation

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

They do have certain increased risks with surgery and anesthesia with respect to more fit patients. Don’t worry, we know how to keep those risks limited to carry you through your READ MORE
They do have certain increased risks with surgery and anesthesia with respect to more fit patients. Don’t worry, we know how to keep those risks limited to carry you through your procedure safely.

Does local anesthesia also make one drowsy?

Not typically when no sedation is used

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

Highly unusual. There is always an anesthesia caregiver in the room at all times administering the anesthesia on a contralto basis.

Is it risky for children to go under anesthesia?

Anesthesia always has risks just as flying on an airplane has risks. Nevertheless, if your child is healthy, he/she should do well.

Will anesthesia affect my antidepressants?

Your depressants will affect the anesthesia, not so much the reverse.

Is anesthesia risky for a COPD patient?

COPD carries a higher risk than for healthy patients, but we get these people through their surgery safely.

Is it to get anesthesia with a fever?

Not clear about your particular situation, but sounds like you need the surgery to root out the cause of your fevers. Anesthesia will be fine for you.

Are there any side effects of an epidural injection?

There are things for the anesthesiologist to be aware of and treat if they occur. That’s our job. The extremely serious risks occur much more rarely. In general, the benefits from READ MORE
There are things for the anesthesiologist to be aware of and treat if they occur. That’s our job. The extremely serious risks occur much more rarely. In general, the benefits from the epidural far outweighs it’s risks

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

Depends on the drugs used, age, and condition of the patient. In general, unusual to be drowsy 2 days after endoscopy.

Is anesthesia safe for older people with dementia?

The anesthesia is safe, but it may be one factor in temporarily accentuating his dementia

Can having been a long time smoker have an effect when I am under anesthesia?

There are increased risks which the anesthesiologist is aware of and knows how to treat/prevent

Is general anesthesia required for a bronchoscopy?

General anesthesia or deep sedation are the usual forms of anesthesia provided for this procedure

Are older patients at risk for confusion after anesthesia?

Anesthesia is just one contributing factor. Surgical stress, unfamiliar surroundings, length of procedure, are a few of the other stress factors that may contribute to postoperative READ MORE
Anesthesia is just one contributing factor. Surgical stress, unfamiliar surroundings, length of procedure, are a few of the other stress factors that may contribute to postoperative confusion

Does general anesthesia during a C-section have an affect on your baby?

More than likely you will have a spinal anesthetic which should be safe for your baby

Is vomiting after anesthesia normal?

Sometimes postoperative vomiting is related to anesthesia. It could also be related to the surgery or general medical issue involved

Is anesthesia safe for a person who suffers with seizures?

If his seizures are well-controlled, he should do just fine under a general anesthetic.