Tag Archives: Surgery

A scree on Andre Picard’s recent op ed…

I don’t think I’ve written a post in a while…more than a year?  I’ve been busy.  But something recently inspired me to come out of my “retirement,” and that something was Andre Picard’s piece in the Globe and Mail, “It’s time to stop treating pregnancy like a disease.” It is so egregious, so ignorant and […]

The mechanics of anesthesia, a post by request.

This post is inspired by the following comment: I have a question for you, and can’t seem to find your contact info, so I’m choosing this completely inappropriate forum to ask it. Hope you don’t mind! Would you consider doing a post or something of that ilk on what to expect when one goes in […]

Codeine for post-operative pain

I want to comment on the recent news stories in Canada regarding the use of codeine for post-operative pain in children.  There have been some recent and some not-so-recent deaths due to codeine and this was picked up by the newspapers.  Here are some links to a few of the stories… http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health/new-health/health-news/post-surgery-codeine-still-killing-children-new-study-says/article2394246/?utm_medium=Feeds%3A%20RSS%2FAtom&utm_source=Home&utm_content=2394246 http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health/new-health/health-news/doctor-sounds-alarm-on-codeine-in-children-we-should-get-rid-of-it/article2396672/ http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/04/09/codein-can-kill-kids-after-tonsil-surgery-canadian-researchers-tell-parents/ Codeine […]

I’m afraid of having an anesthetic

I’ll confess.  I’m afraid of having a general anesthetic. Seem strange given my profession?  Anesthesia is safer than it’s ever been.  I’ve given thousands of anesthetics myself.  I know about the massive observational studies that tell us modern anesthetics are low risk – especially in patients like myself who are perfectly healthy. But I’m still afraid.  […]