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Dr. Susan K. Palmer, MD

Anesthesiologist

Dr. Susan Palmer is an anesthesiologist practicing in Portland, OR. Dr. Palmer 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. Palmer also might help manage pain after an operation.
46 years Experience
Dr. Susan K. Palmer, MD
  • Portland, OR
  • Univ of Wi Med Sch, Madison Wi
  • Accepting new patients

What is the recovery time for "trigger finger?"

This is a question for your surgeon. There are a number of ways to surgically relieve "trigger finger" and only your surgeon will know which they are planning to use. The technique READ MORE
This is a question for your surgeon. There are a number of ways to surgically relieve "trigger finger" and only your surgeon will know which they are planning to use. The technique the surgeon chooses will dictate whether local anesthesia (numbing the area), sedation, or general anesthesia will be used.

My son has a small throat polyp. Will he have to under general anesthesia for the surgery?

He may need deep sedation/general anesthesia. It all depends on how what the surgeon needs.

What could happen if I stop breathing under anesthesia?

During general anesthesia your breathing will be continually monitored and supported. Anesthesia providers are trained to provide breathing assistance anytime it is needed during READ MORE
During general anesthesia your breathing will be continually monitored and supported. Anesthesia providers are trained to provide breathing assistance anytime it is needed during general anesthesia.

Is back pain possible after an epidural?

NO. Epidural analgesia only causes a small "bruise" at the point of insertion. Normally this resolves in 1-3 weeks. Generalized low back pain is frequent after pregnancy and READ MORE
NO. Epidural analgesia only causes a small "bruise" at the point of insertion. Normally this resolves in 1-3 weeks. Generalized low back pain is frequent after pregnancy and delivery and is usually caused by the softening of spinal ligaments which occurs during normal pregnancy. Many women have their first real back pains after pregnancy and delivery because and the back has to adjust to the abrupt absence of the weight of the pregnancy.

Are older patients at risk for confusion after anesthesia?

Yes. Your concerns should be thoroughly discussed with a physician anesthesiologist before the date of surgery.

Is it a must to stop Adderall while getting anaesthesia?

Usually it is better to maintain such a medication before surgery. However, this specific medication should be discussed with an anesthesiologist before the day of planned surgery. READ MORE
Usually it is better to maintain such a medication before surgery. However, this specific medication should be discussed with an anesthesiologist before the day of planned surgery.

Does local anesthesia also make one drowsy?

No, but sedative medications are often given during surgical procedures or for pain relief after a procedure. Sedative medications can make you drowsy after a procedure.

How long does anesthesia stay in the blood?

It will depend on what medications your son was given during and after the scan. If your son has normal kidney and liver function, there will be no anesthesia medications left READ MORE
It will depend on what medications your son was given during and after the scan. If your son has normal kidney and liver function, there will be no anesthesia medications left in his blood after 24-48 hours.

Is local anesthesia better than general anesthesia?

The type of anesthesia chosen depends on the surgical requirements, the patient's medical conditions, and the patient's stated preferences. There are cases which can only be done READ MORE
The type of anesthesia chosen depends on the surgical requirements, the patient's medical conditions, and the patient's stated preferences. There are cases which can only be done with general anesthesia, so it is important that you discuss your preferences and fears with an anesthesiologist before the day of your planned surgery.

Is anesthesia risky for a COPD patient?

COPD is an important condition which a physician anesthesiologist should be informed of before caring for your son. Board certified physician anesthesiologists know how to plan READ MORE
COPD is an important condition which a physician anesthesiologist should be informed of before caring for your son. Board certified physician anesthesiologists know how to plan for patients with COPD to minimize risks.

Is it safe to get an anesthesia done when I have just taken a painkiller?

No. In fact it is better to control your pain before anesthesia, so Tylenol 8 hours before is a good idea.

What precautions does an anesthesiologist take for a blood pressure patient?

Anesthesiologist will plan to have blood pressure control medications readily at hand during your anesthesia.

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

No, it is not normal for a short anesthetic to be the cause of "being dazed" 48 hours afterwards. You should call the anesthesiologist who administered the anesthetic and report READ MORE
No, it is not normal for a short anesthetic to be the cause of "being dazed" 48 hours afterwards. You should call the anesthesiologist who administered the anesthetic and report this problem.

Can drinking have any impact on my anesthesia dosage?

YES, regular alcohol intake and smoking both change the responses to most anesthetic and analgesic drugs. I hope you are having an anesthesia provider (physician anesthesiologist, READ MORE
YES, regular alcohol intake and smoking both change the responses to most anesthetic and analgesic drugs. I hope you are having an anesthesia provider (physician anesthesiologist, or CRNA preferably, or oral surgeon at least), not just a dentist, who will care for you during this procedure.

Why was my son given anesthesia for a CT scan?

A CT scan on a 3-yr old would be useless unless they are perfectly still during the scan. Therefore it is appropriate for children and other people unable to follow directions READ MORE
A CT scan on a 3-yr old would be useless unless they are perfectly still during the scan. Therefore it is appropriate for children and other people unable to follow directions to be sedated or anesthetized during such scans. Parents must have given permission for the scan and for the sedation/anesthesia.

Can I feel drowsy a week after my anesthesia was delivered?

No, anesthetics do not cause effects beyond 24-48 hrs.

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

If you are asking about “general anesthesia,” which generally means unconsciousness, then the anesthesiologist, not the surgeon, is the one who monitors the effects of anesthesia READ MORE
If you are asking about “general anesthesia,” which generally means unconsciousness, then the anesthesiologist, not the surgeon, is the one who monitors the effects of anesthesia on the patient’s body. In general, the anesthesiologist monitors every patient’s heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen concentration, and respiratory function. Sometimes brain activity is also directly measured. From all of these monitors, an anesthesiologist can make sure that a correct amount of anesthesia is being used.

Are there precautions associated with giving anesthesia for diabetic patients?

Diabetes should be under reasonble control before any elective anesthesia or surgery. Infection rates are higher in patients whose blood sugar is not under control. Also, stress READ MORE
Diabetes should be under reasonble control before any elective anesthesia or surgery. Infection rates are higher in patients whose blood sugar is not under control. Also, stress from poorly controlled diabetes increases the risk for cardiovascular complications. Your Mom should have a consultation with a physician anesthesiologist well before her hip surgery is scheduled so that diabetic medications can be adjusted if needed.

How will I know if I am allergic to anesthesia?

“Allergy” to general anesthesia is very rare. “Allergy” to some older types of “local” anesthesia which causes numbness, is a little more frequent. However allergy to the modern READ MORE
“Allergy” to general anesthesia is very rare. “Allergy” to some older types of “local” anesthesia which causes numbness, is a little more frequent. However allergy to the modern “amide-linked” local anesthetics is almost unheard of.
If you have ever had a life-threatening allergic reation, be sure to tell your anesthesia provider this fact. Anesthesia providers commonly treat the much more common early stages of allergic reactions to antibiotics, latex, and other substances so that the reaction does not result in any lasting harm.

What are the risks of anesthesia for a patient suffering from COPD?

Consultation with a physician anesthesiologist should be requested before the day of the procedure. COPD can be a minor or a major problem, which is why you will want to be sure READ MORE
Consultation with a physician anesthesiologist should be requested before the day of the procedure. COPD can be a minor or a major problem, which is why you will want to be sure that he is evaluated by a physician anesthesiologist before his bronchoscopy. Physician anesthesiologists can diagnose the severity of COPD and make sure that he is "optimized" before administering general anesthesia. General anesthesia is usually used for bronchoscopy because the airway reflexes (like coughing) need to be suppressed, and the patient
needs to be still during the procedure.

Your questions about the possible after-effects of general anesthesia can be answered by the anesthesiologist. In general, the older the patient, the more medical problems they have (high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.), the more risk there is for after-effects from a general anesthesia. Older patients can have several days of depressed mental acuity after a general anesthetic, which is why he will be advised not to drive for at least 24 hours after an anesthetic, and maybe longer if he is required to take new medications (like pain relievers) after the anesthetic.