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Dr. Susan K Palmer MD, Anesthesiologist

Dr. Susan K Palmer MD


120 Nw 14th Ave Suite 300 Portland OR, 97209



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.

Education and Training

Univ of Wi Med Sch, Madison Wi 1973

Board Certification

AnesthesiologyAmerican Board of AnesthesiologyABA

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Dr. Susan K Palmer MD
Dr. Susan K Palmer MD's Expert Contributions
  • 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 the surgeon chooses will dictate whether local anesthesia (numbing the area), sedation, or general anesthesia will be used. READ MORE

  • 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. READ MORE

  • 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 general anesthesia. READ MORE

  • 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 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. READ MORE

  • 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. READ MORE

  • 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

  • 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. READ MORE

  • 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 in his blood after 24-48 hours. READ MORE

  • 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 with general anesthesia, so it is important that you discuss your preferences and fears with an anesthesiologist before the day of your planned surgery. READ MORE

  • 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 for patients with COPD to minimize risks. READ MORE

  • 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. READ MORE

  • 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. READ MORE

  • 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 this problem. READ MORE

  • 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, or CRNA preferably, or oral surgeon at least), not just a dentist, who will care for you during this procedure. READ MORE

  • 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 to be sedated or anesthetized during such scans. Parents must have given permission for the scan and for the sedation/anesthesia. READ MORE

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

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

  • 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 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. READ MORE

  • 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 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. READ MORE

  • 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 “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. READ MORE

  • 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 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. READ MORE

  • Can anesthesia interact with breast milk?

    Yes, some anesthesia medications do get into breast milk. Did you tell your anesthesiologist you were breast feeding? You could have chosen a spinal anesthetic, which makes you numb but not unconscious, and then none of that medicine gets into breast milk. If you had a general anesthetic, you could discard your milk for 24-48 hours and then resume breast feeding. READ MORE

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

    Everyone, including children, may be drowsy after a general anesthetic or heavy sedation. Since the MRI required your son to be very still, he actually had a general anesthetic. The length of time he might be drowsy depends on the drugs they choase for his anesthetic. If you have questions, you should call the anesthesia department where he had his MRI. READ MORE

  • I am a diabetic and a blood pressure patient. Could anesthesia have any counter interactions during my surgery?

    Physician anesthesiologists are well-trained to understand all medications and their possible interactions with anesthetics. You should have a scheduled meeting with an anesthesiologist several days before your planned surgery to be sure all of your medications are listed and understood by all of your physicians. READ MORE

  • I have a uterine septum that needs to be removed. What is the safest anaesthesia for me?

    I am sorry to hear that you are scared of the anesthesia for this relatively simple surgery. You should arrange for a consultation with a physician anesthesiologist well before the date of your surgery. Do tell the anesthesiologist about your fears so that plans can be made for your psychological and physical comfort. In addition to general anesthesia, there may be other choices such as spinal anesthesia depending on your surgeon’s approach and surgical techniques. At your age, if you have no serious medical problems, any type of anesthesia care will have very low chance of complications. READ MORE

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

    MJ in small doses will not interfere with your anesthesia or surgery. Tell your anesthesiologist, and do not smoke (MJ or tobacco) more until after your surgery. Intoxicants, opioids, and drugs of abuse are not routinely tested for unless you appear to be under the influence or are getting treatment in a military facility or at the request of your employer. READ MORE

  • Pain in the back. Is it due to epidural?

    SPINAL or epidural anesthesia do not cause long term backaches. Studies of thousands of women show that many women have their first real backache complaint episodes after childbirth, and this occurs whether or not they had spinal or epidural anesthetics. Sometimes, epidurals cause a sore spot over the injection site, but that usually is like a bruise and it goes away like a bruise. If you had an abdominal delivery, that also does not cause long term backache. If you had a forceps or instrumental vaginal delivery, that can cause injury directly to individual nerves when the baby or the instruments contact the nerves which go through the birth canal. Those type of injuries are usually apparent right after childbirth. If you are having a pain which really "shoots" or radiates downward into your buttock or down your leg, you may have a spinal disc which has irritated a nerve root. This may require treatment to soothe the irritation. Treatment might include massage, chiropractic care, and/or medications. Most back aches go away within six months with or without treatment. Childbearing, delivery, caring for a growing infant, bending and twisting, prolonged sitting, and aging all are causes of disc "bulging" and nerve root irritation. READ MORE

  • What can cause tingling sensation in muscles?

    Not enough info to give you an answer. What muscles? Is strength affected? READ MORE

  • Do I have to stop taking my vitamins before anesthesia?

    Those nutrients will not interfere with anesthesia care. All of your medications and nutrients should be reviewed with your anesthesia provider. READ MORE

  • Should all medications be stopped before anesthesia?

    Blood thinners must be thoughtfully managed before anesthesia and surgery. Some medications are stopped, some have a dose change, some are switched to a different type of medication, and others are not stopped or changed. It all depends on the medication, the reason you are taking it, and the type of surgery you have planned. Please discuss your medications with your surgeon or have a consultation with an anesthesiologist. Medications other than blood thinners may also require specific management before and after surgery. READ MORE

  • Chance of serious complication from anesthesia?

    In general, anesthesia with proper monitoring is quite safe. Two things determine your chances of anesthetic complication: your health and your family history of anesthetic problems (genetic factors), and the skill of your provider of general anesthesia. I would inquire about the qualifications of the anesthesia provider; best would be an experienced board certified physician anesthesiologist, andnext choice would be a qualified nurse anesthetist working under supervision of physician anesthesiologist. READ MORE

  • Is plavix( clopidogrel ) a blood thinner?

    Yes,Plavix is a blood thinner. Yes, it must be managed before surgery. However, the reason you are on it is very important and should be discussed with your anesthesiologist, surgeon, and cardiologist all on the same page. You would not want to have your knee replacement cause an unnecessary problem with your heart. Please immediately ask for a pre-anesthetic consultation with a physician anesthesiologist. READ MORE

  • Nausea after surgery

    If you are having another anesthetic at the same hospital you could ask for a consult with an anesthesiologist who could review your previous anesthetic records before your next surgery. A physician anesthesiologist may be able to prescribe different type of anesthetic foryour next surgery. READ MORE

  • Is laughing gas ok for someone with anxiety?

    Nitrous oxide can cause excitement/anxiety. It can also produce complete general anesthesia, usually in combination with other drugs. Your comfort will depend mostly on the local anesthetic injections a dentist should give before extracting your teeth. You should discuss your "anxiety" with the oral surgeon who may want to arrange for you to have a real physician anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist who can give you appropriate sedation without using nitrous oxide at all. READ MORE

  • Am I really paralyzed under general anesthesia?

    Not all general anesthetics or surgeries require paralysis, but some do. Most abdominal and all intrathoracic surgeries require paralysis. If the anesthetic or surgery requires that your breathing be controlled, then paralysis will be maintained. READ MORE

  • What is procedural anesthesia?

    Procedural means no surgery is involved. Colonoscopy or electroshock therapy would usually be called "procedures", not surgeries. READ MORE


  • Med Coll Wi Affil Hosps, Anesthesiology; Univ Of Wi Hosp & Cli, Anesthesiology; St Luke'S Med Ctr, Flexible Or Transitional Year

Faculty Titles & Positions

  • Med Coll Wi Affil Hosps, Anesthesiology; Univ Of Wi Hosp & Cli, Anesthesiology; St Luke'S Med Ctr, Flexible Or Transitional Year

Dr. Susan K Palmer MD's Practice location

Practice At 120 Nw 14th Ave Suite 300

120 Nw 14th Ave -
Portland, OR 97209
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