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How Does Local Anesthesia Work?

Local anesthesia works on a nerve by inhibiting the alpha-1 subunit of the sodium channel and blocking nerve signals. This prevents the entry of sodium ions into the neurons and the generation of an action potential, hence preventing pain transmission. This is similar to both types of local anesthesia drugs – classified into ester and…

Preoxygenation in Anesthesia for Beginners

Preoxygenation in anesthesia refers to the process of giving oxygen through a face mask just before the anesthesia is induced. This is done both for intravenous and mask induction. Preoxygenation is performed routinely to achieve denitrogenation in the lungs. This provides extra security against desaturation.  Let’s jump to find out more about this. By Dr.…

Anesthesia Residency Success: Tips for New Residents

There are so many things going on during a residency like exposure to new subspecialties, learning new instruments, and new techniques. These tips for success during anesthesia residency will position you at a competitive level for acing the exams, managing patients, and teaching others. By Dr. Rajeev Iyer, MBBS, MD, FASA, Board Certified Anesthesiologist 1.…

How to Practice Anesthesia Without USA Residency? Alternate Entry Path Program

There are two ways anesthesiologists can practice as anesthesiologists in the USA without a USA residency. Visiting Professors – International physician anesthesiologists visiting the USA for a short time are limited to a hospital. They are not the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) board-certified. Alternate Entry Path Program for Primary Certification – This is an…

What Causes Cleft Lip in Babies?

Cleft Lip is caused because of failure of fusion of normal upper lip elements. This leads to a break in the upper lip. A cleft lip opening can present in any of the following ways: Small slit A large defect that extends into the mouth A defect that extends into the palate called cleft palate…

Spinal Anesthesia vs Epidural Anesthesia in Children

Spinal anesthesia or block is a one-time injection in the back whereas epidural anesthesia or block is injected either as a one-time injection or as a continuous infusion of local anesthetic medication. Let’s jump to find out more. The patients receiving this can be classified into 3 major categories: Children – Boys and Girls Adult…

How long does it take for anesthesia to kick in?

I have timed how long it takes for general anesthesia to kick in. The time taken for anesthesia to kick in depends on two factors The route through which the medicine is given. This is either through a face mask or intravenous route. Age of the patient. Let’s jump to find out more. By Dr.…

Can I Take Anesthesia after COVID Vaccine?

In patients having general anesthesia for emergency surgery or medical procedures, you can take anesthesia irrespective of when you had the COVID vaccine. If the risk of complications outweighs the benefit of protection from COVID, an informed decision involving the anesthesiologist, surgeon, proceduralist, and the patient is critical to ascertain the risks vs. benefits of…

Where is Anesthesia Injected during Childbirth?

Anesthesia is injected during childbirth in three different places. These are local anesthesia, intravenous medicines, and epidural anesthesia. Let’s jump to find out more about this. Where is local anesthesia injected during childbirth? During a normal vaginal delivery, there is a possibility for the normal vaginal hole to be extended for the baby to come…

How Long Does It Take To Become An Anesthesiologist in India?

In the best-case scenario without any breaks, you can be an anesthesiologist at 26 years of age. I know many anesthesiologists in India. Most people in India who want to become an anesthesiologist become one by the age of 30 years. I did my anesthesia training in one of the best places in the World…

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