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Steven L. Dain

Anesthesiologist

Dr. Steven Dain is an anesthesiologist practicing in Woodstock, Ontario. Dr. Dain 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. Dain also might help manage pain after an operation.
Steven L. Dain
  • Woodstock, Ontario
  • MD at the University of Toronto
  • Accepting new patients

How long would I be sedated for a colonoscopy?

It depends on the medications used for sedation. Often it is not much longer than the procedure or groggy but feeling of a mild hangover for an hour or so.

Why is my son hyper after anesthesia?

I'm not sure how old your son is but some general anesthesia medications cause euphoria which will wear off over the course of 24 hours. The younger the child, the more pronounced READ MORE
I'm not sure how old your son is but some general anesthesia medications cause euphoria which will wear off over the course of 24 hours. The younger the child, the more pronounced it seems to be. If they have stitches in an area under muscle tension, they need to slow down.  It's not like the old days when people were tired and agitated with the old anesthetic medications and painkillers. 

Steven Dain MD, FRCPC

Is manipulation under anesthesia effective?

I have never heard of this procedure and have no information on it. A good registered massage therapist is the best treatment in my opinion.

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

The anesthetic time will be just greater than the surgery time. The length of the surgery depends on whether the surgery is done open or laparoscopically and whether you have READ MORE
The anesthetic time will be just greater than the surgery time. The length of the surgery depends on whether the surgery is done open or laparoscopically and whether you have had previous abdominal surgery. Recovery from the general anesthetic is rapid, but you may have some sedation from your post-op pain medications. Amount of pain depends on how the surgery was done and each person's individual pain tolerance and previous experience with opiates, smoking, marijuana use or other street drug and alcohol use.

Are there any food restrictions after anesthesia?

No except avoid alcohol containing beverages for 24 hours or longer if you are on pain medications or sedatives, depends on the type of surgery.  

Steven Dain

Is anesthesia safe for my 87 year old mother?

Hello, Anesthesia for the elderly as for patients of all ages depends on the he person's underlying health status. If you have any specific concerns I suggest that your surgeon READ MORE
Hello,

Anesthesia for the elderly as for patients of all ages depends on the he person's underlying health status. If you have any specific concerns I suggest that your surgeon request an anesthesia consultation.



Best wishes to you and your mom.

Does anesthesia put extra stress on the liver?

Hello, It depends on the type of surgery and the degree of liver disease. It's best to have your dad's surgeon request an anesthesiology consultation at least 14 days before READ MORE
Hello,

It depends on the type of surgery and the degree of liver disease. It's best to have your dad's surgeon request an anesthesiology consultation at least 14 days before surgery. 

Steven Dain

How long does anesthesia last?

Depends on which local anesthetic your dentist uses. Articaine, prilocaine, lidocaine, bupivacaine all have different durations

Will my holistic medicine react with anesthesia?

Some Holistic and natriopathic medications have severe interactions with the medications that may be used before, during or after surgery. Some of the holistic meds should be READ MORE
Some Holistic and natriopathic medications have severe interactions with the medications that may be used before, during or after surgery. Some of the holistic meds should be stopped a week before surgery. Please consult with your anesthesiologist and surgeon at least a week pre-op.

Can three epidurals be a problem?

Similar risk to the others.

My son was given anesthesia before his CT scan and is now drowsy. Is this normal?

Yes, depending on the medications that they used. 

Steven Dain MD

What treatment should I get for nerve root compression?

As long as you have no bowel or bladder problems or drop foot, I would suggest seeing a physiotherapist for evaluation.   

Should all medications be stopped before anesthesia?

It depends on which blood thinners, why you are on them and the type of surgery. For cataract surgery, you don't need to stop them. If you are on warfarin with a mitral valve replacement READ MORE
It depends on which blood thinners, why you are on them and the type of surgery. For cataract surgery, you don't need to stop them. If you are on warfarin with a mitral valve replacement for major surgery, you will have to be "bridged" with an injectable anticoagulant for up to a week before the surgery. Please discuss this with your surgeon at least 3 weeks before your surgery.

Steven Dain MD, FRCPC

Am I really paralyzed under general anesthesia?

Some types of surgery require the use of a class of drugs called muscle relaxants which prevent the muscles from contracting.  (These are very different than the so called  muscle READ MORE
Some types of surgery require the use of a class of drugs called muscle relaxants which prevent the muscles from contracting.  (These are very different than the so called  muscle relaxants that are purchased in your local drug store.) This requires the use of artificial ventilation to provide oxygen and clear CO2 from the lungs.  Depending on what muscle relaxant is used, they usually are reversed prior to "waking up" the patient.  "Paralyzed" is often incorrectly used as a euphemism for this process. 

Steven Dain MD, FRCPC