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Dr. Sudha Akhil Bidani, M.D.

Anesthesiologist (Pediatric)

Dr. Sudha Bidani is an anesthesiologist practicing in Houston, Texas. Dr. Bidani 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. Bidani also might help manage pain after an operation.
Dr. Sudha Akhil Bidani, M.D.
  • Houston, Texas
  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • Accepting new patients

Is there a difference between local and regional anesthesia?

Local anesthesia is a generic terminology referring to numbing of the area. This can be accomplished by injecting/instilling the drug around specific nerves i.e. numbing of the READ MORE
Local anesthesia is a generic terminology referring to numbing of the area. This can be accomplished by injecting/instilling the drug around specific nerves i.e. numbing of the jaw by injecting around the nerve that supplies the sensations to the jaw or spinal/epidural analgesia for blocking lower body sensations. Instead of a patch of skin, numb the region supplied by the big nerves. The drugs used to accomplish this are called local anesthetics.

Is it possible to be allergic to anesthesia?

Very few people are truly allergic to anesthetic agents per se. Theoretically and practically speaking, when one is anesthetized, one’s cardiovascular system is monitored on continuous READ MORE
Very few people are truly allergic to anesthetic agents per se. Theoretically and practically speaking, when one is anesthetized, one’s cardiovascular system is monitored on continuous basis, the operating room is well equipped with resuscitation drugs, making it the best place to have an allergic reaction.

Is anesthesia risky for a COPD patient?

Yes. Depending on the severity, the nature of surgery and co-morbidities, the risk escalates.

Can drinking have any impact on my anesthesia dosage?

Local anesthesia, i.e., numbing your jaw, will not be affected. I presume you are an adult.

Why was my son given anesthesia for a CT scan?

Though it is a very short scan, if your son will not hold still, then they have to repeat it. That is a a lot of radiation. So then do what is best for the child?

Can three epidurals be a problem?

Not really if you have not had a problem so far.

If my anesthesia is delivered in the back, can its traces mix in the spinal fluid?

Even though the drug is not injected directly in the spinal compartment, the drug gets absorbed in the blood and the spinal fluid. That is how it has the effect. The medication READ MORE
Even though the drug is not injected directly in the spinal compartment, the drug gets absorbed in the blood and the spinal fluid. That is how it has the effect. The medication gets metabolised that is how the effect wears off. So, no traces are usually left in you body after it gets metabolisd and excreted

What should I expect during general anesthesia?

Loss of consciousness and some nausea, dizziness and surgical pain when you wake up

What could be the symptoms of an anesthesia overdose? Is it possible?

Surgeon is and should be busy with his part of responsibility i.e. surgery. Anesthesiologist must and will know the status of the patient at all times during the surgery. She/He READ MORE
Surgeon is and should be busy with his part of responsibility i.e. surgery. Anesthesiologist must and will know the status of the patient at all times during the surgery. She/He is constantly monitoring the patient, that is their responsibility.

I have marijuana in my system. Should I reschedule my tests?

Inform your doctor today and let them decide.

Pain in the back. Is it due to epidural?

Off-hand I want to say no, if you had an uneventful smooth epidural catheter insertion and pain relief was appropriate. If one had long labor and backache during the pregnancy, READ MORE
Off-hand I want to say no, if you had an uneventful smooth epidural catheter insertion and pain relief was appropriate. If one had long labor and backache during the pregnancy, then one is prone to have backaches even without epidural.

What decides the medication before my surgery?

Yes and no. Perception and expectation. Kind of surgery is always an issue.

Chance of serious complication from anesthesia?

1) healthy or with multiple co-morbidities? 2) minor or major surgery 3) adult or pediatric population 4) in major medical center or a smaller surgicenter Depending upon READ MORE
1) healthy or with multiple co-morbidities?
2) minor or major surgery
3) adult or pediatric population
4) in major medical center or a smaller surgicenter

Depending upon the experience of different entity variables the complication rates will vary. Overall with all the new medicines, newer monitors and newer surgical approaches, the complication have been substantially reduced, safer than getting in one’s car and driving to the hospital, esp. during rush hour traffic. We are able to
tackle more critical patients for more critical surgeries.

Am I really paralyzed under general anesthesia?

Yes and no. Regardless of the actual use of paralyzing agents, mere fact of anesthetizing a human being involves control of respiration and maintaining cardiovascular stability READ MORE
Yes and no. Regardless of the actual use of paralyzing agents, mere fact of anesthetizing a human being involves control of respiration and maintaining cardiovascular stability until the end of the surgical procedure and beyond. Depending of the kind of surgical procedure, respiratory control may have to be extended into the post-operative period as well.

What is procedural anesthesia?

Surgical anesthesia : when an actual cut is made in the intact surface followed by dissection and removal/repair of pathological process. Many a times requiring post operative READ MORE
Surgical anesthesia : when an actual cut is made in the intact surface followed by dissection and removal/repair of pathological process. Many a times requiring post operative hospital and/or ICU admission.
Procedural anesthesia: usually minimum to blood loss is involved, At times the procedure can be done in outpatient surgicenter.