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Dr. Karen Sibert

Anesthesiology
Los Angeles, CA
40 years experience female

Locations

Department of Anesthesiology

Los Angeles, CA

Address

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, 8700 Beverly Blvd., Suite 8211, Los Angeles, CA
Directions

Insurances accepted

BlueCross BlueShield

About

Bio

Dr. Karen Sibert is a board-certified anesthesiologist in private practice in Los Angeles; she is Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She graduated from Princeton University, and received the M.D. degree with Honor from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Her residency training and fellowship were completed at the Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut. Dr. Sibert specializes in high-risk anesthesia for adult patients, including lung surgery, obesity surgery, and major cancer surgery. She is married and the mother of three, and blogs at www.apennedpoint.com. To make an appointment with Dr. Sibert for a consultation about anesthesiology, please contact the Cedars-Sinai Department of Anesthesiology at 310-423-5841. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is located at 8700 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles CA, 91423.

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Anesthesiology

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386 Answers
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
Question unclear: I don't completely understand your question. Usual guidelines before general anesthesia: clear liquids up to 2 hours before, and light solid food (su... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
With difficulty!: Relatively few surgeries were performed before the discovery of anesthesia, and then only in the most dire circumstances such as amputation of a limb ... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
Post pregnancy?: Telogen effluvium is common after having a baby. The sudden change in hormone levels causes the hair follicles to shut down for a while. This will get... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
May have pain: Diverticulosis is a condition where you have small outpouchings or pockets that develop along the colon (large intestine). This is very common as adul... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
GA means asleep: Ga is the catch-all term which means that you are completely unconscious, as opposed to sedation or regional techniques such as spinal or epidural. Th... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
Blood test: If you have had unprotected sex with a new partner, used IV drugs with shared needles, or engaged in other high-risk activities with shared blood or b... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
Talk to his doctor: The choice of anesthesia depends on several factors. Shoulder surgery may be done under a block with sedation or under general anesthesia. The surgeon... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
Removal of lung : In patients with severe emphysema, the most diseased parts of the lung (usually the uppermost part) don't contribute much to breathing. In lvrs, the s... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
Helping pts breathe: Respiratory therapists work with doctors and nurses helping to take care of patients of all ages who have trouble breathing. They help with asthma, co... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
See your doctor: That isn't normal. You need to find out what the problem is. See your doctor. May need to have a skin sample looked at under a microscope. Infections... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
Different dose: All these medications are combinations of hydrocodone, a narcotic pain reliever, and Acetaminophen which most people know as "tylenol (acetaminophen)"... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
I : I am so sorry that you are having such a difficult time. Unfortunately, there is no easy answer. A lap band will not cure the problems you are havin... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
Several, but rare: Probably the most common is headache, which happens in about 1/100 patients. It's not dangerous and will go away, but can be severe. Other risks inclu... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
Medication effect: This is a rare but serious problem which is usually related to taking medications for psychiatric treatment, or sometimes for Parkinson's disease. It... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
Yes, definitely!: If you have ever had nms, any new physician you see should be made aware. If a psychiatric medication caused it, then trying a new medication for the... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
See your doctor: Recurrent flank pain especially with blood in the urine is definitely cause for concern. You should see your doctor, and perhaps ask for referral to ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
Unfortunately, yes: When narcotic pain medications such as oxycodone, demerol, (meperidine hydrochloride) morphine, and vicodin are used appropriately according to physic... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
No reason to worry: If you have full general anesthesia, you are completely asleep and won't talk at all until you wake up. Under mild sedation, people can speak and some... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
Not in right dose: Local anesthesia is injected to cause numbness in a small area of the body, such as around a tooth before dental work. In proper doses, it causes no s... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
Depends on drugs: General anesthesia isn't just one medication--it's a combination. Some induce sleep, some (like the anesthesia gases) maintain sleep, some relax musc... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
Need more info: Anesthesiologists provide care for patients with heart problems who need surgery every day. Our job is to manage the heart problem so the surgery can ... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
Talk to your OB doc: From the anesthesia point of view, most C-sections are done under epidural or spinal anesthesia, and a cold or cough wouldn't make much difference. Th... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
Yes, definitely: Certain anesthesia drugs (such as succinylcholine and inhaled gases related to ether) are the triggers for mh. When we know a pt has known mh or a fam... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
Yes you may: But it depends on the size and location of the lipoma whether sedation is really a good idea. A small lipoma can easily removed under local anesthesia... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
Possibly: If the surgery was done through the front of your neck, some numbness can result and should get better over time. Difficulty swallowing is less common... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
Shouldn't matter: Surgery and anesthesia aren't usually timed with regard to when menstrual periods may come on, as it doesn't really make a difference. If you are havi... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
Not really: If you want to kill lice, then you will need a shampoo that has a chemical insecticide in it. It is possible to eradicate lice without using one, but... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
Yes!: Anesthesiology is a wonderful field. We take care of patients in some of the most critical situations of their lives. We make it possible for patients... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
No, it can't: Lap band surgery requires general anesthesia, because the patient needs to be completely relaxed. It's necessary for the anesthesiologist to insert a... Read More
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
What's your job?: Depending on your job, different kinds of overuse injury are possible. Sounds most likely to be tendonitis, though other problems such as carpal tunne... Read More
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A 62-year-old male asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
No reason to stop: It makes sense to keep taking medications that your system is already used to taking. Stopping Prozac (fluoxetine) might increase your anxiety, which... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
Not very much!: The anesthesiologist will use local anesthesia to numb the area where the epidural needle will be inserted. If you are having the epidural for surger... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
General anesthesia: A thoracotomy is a major operation which involves opening the chest: possibly to remove tumor, clear infection, or to repair the heart. It requires fu... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
Sleepiness, mainly: Diprivan, or propofol, is a medication that produces sleep. It is often used at the start of general anesthesia. It can also be used for sedation. Whi... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
Not usually: Diprivan, or propofol, is a medication used by professional anesthesiology personnel for sedation or to induce general anesthesia. When used for colon... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
Definitely!: Malignant hyperthermia is a dangerous reaction to specific anesthesia drugs including succinylcholine and the inhaled anesthesia gases. It can be fat... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
Primary doctor first: You should be under the care of a good primary care doctor--a family physician or internal medicine doctor. They will help you manage your diabetes. ... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
Wheezing?: The hallmark symptom of asthma is wheezing--you may feel tightness in your chest, and hear a whistling sound in your chest. It may be hard to inhale ... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
Many causes: In aging adults, some degree of short term memory loss is not unusual while long term memory is preserved. However, confusion is a more worrisome sym... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
Either or both: General anesthesia is a state of unconsciousness and lack of reaction to painful stimuli. It can be brought on by intravenous medications such as pro... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
You'll be asleep!: The definition of general anesthesia is complete unconsciousness. We have monitoring equipment that helps us be sure that a patient is completely una... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
Not at all: Some breast cancer is related to heredity and runs in families. Most of the time, we don't know why it starts. But touching the breasts has nothing ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
Usually, yes: "laughing gas" is the slang term used sometimes for a gas called nitrous oxide. It is a weak anesthetic gas that is not usually enough to produce gen... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
Shouldn't be: If you are still taking any medications to prevent seizures, you should keep taking them with a sip of water on your usual schedule up to the time of ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
Diet first: There is no magic way to lose weight other than to limit your diet. Your doctor can refer you to a dietician to help you. Losing weight will help le... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
Certainly: Your obstetrician and cardiologist will have to follow you closely during the pregnancy. Labor puts stress on your entire body including your heart, ... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
Maybe: The important thing is to make sure you are not having symptoms that could indicate bleeding inside the brain. If you have unusual sleepiness, nausea... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
Fluid requirements: I would not characterize this as a struggle between specialties. What you may have heard is a debate about fluid requirements for critically ill pati... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
Bad idea!: "laughing gas" is the slang term for nitrous oxide (n2o). This is a weak anesthetic gas. In the 19th century, people used it to get "high", and it som... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
Rarely: There is evidence to suggest that rarely general anesthesia can result in long-term memory loss. This is mostly found in very elderly patients having ... Read More
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Excellent consultant in Anesthesiology. A model for our profession.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Sibert is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Sibert is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Baylor College of Medicine, TX
Graduated 1982MD

Residency

Yale New Haven Hospital

Residency

Hospital of St. Raphael

Awards

Member, Alpha Omega Alpha
Member, Phi Beta Kappa
Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society

Affiliations

California Society of Anesthesiologists
American Society of Anesthesiologists
Duke University Medical Center

Publications

Thromboprophylaxis and Major Oncologic Surgery Performed with Epidural Analgesia
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