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Dr. Richard Pollard

Anesthesiology
Charlotte, NC
31 years experience male

Locations

American Anesthesiology of the SE

Charlotte, NC

Address

927 East Boulevard, Charlotte, NC
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About

Bio

Director of Neuro and Trauma Anesthesia at Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC

Specialties
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Anesthesiology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

1.6K Answers
335 Agrees
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
See below: The surgery for this type of condition is usually done to make sure there is no exposed spinal tissue. The long term effects may also need surgery. Ta... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Normally No: This is only possible if the anesthesiologist does not give you enough anesthetic, it is possible but extremely unlikely.
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
No: There is no effect on bone density from the anesthetics. Any change would be due to diet or lifestyle.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Decrease blood flow: Main concern in anesthesia is a decrease in blood pressure in the mother that can lead to a decrease of blood flow in the placenta. This can be easily... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Depends: Some heart murmurs are benign, others are a sign of a more serious problem. Check with your anesthesiologist before the procedure to understand what g... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Talk to a Doc: Please go talk to your pediatrician or an urgent care about this problem. You might also need to see a urologist.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Be Concerned: The question you have to ask is where did they go. Did someone else use them, did they get misplaced or did you accidentally use them up? Your pain d... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Common sense: Swelling is a natural response to tissue injury. Temporary swelling in a joint can be managed at home with nsaids, elevation and rest. If the injury d... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Talk to OB again: This could be that your weight is so ow that your body is not ovulating, hence no periods. This happens with athletes and those who are anorexic. Talk... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
See below: The use of baby Aspirin has been suggested as it decreases platelet function. This means that clots cannot form as easily, specifically in the coronar... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Go to ER: This may not be serious, but should be checked out by an md at an urgent care center or er.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
See below: Roughly 2000 calories. This is incredibly difficult to give a perfect answer to. Some children seem to have perpetual motion machines built into them,... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
See below: Anything that you are exposed to your baby is exposed to. The chemicals that get you high are also getting the baby high. This can lead to problems wi... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Yes: A large number of patients are on beta blockers, and this does not adversely impact their anesthetic. As always please make sure your anesthesiologist... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Brain and spine: Folate (folic acid) is needed both before and during pregnancy to prevent birth defects in your baby's brain and spinal cord.
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
See below: The use of general anesthesia id dentistry is perhaps a bit overstated. Rarely do dentists have a patient intubated for a procedure. They more often u... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Don't worry.: Under general anesthesia you will not say or do anything. Essentially in this type of anesthesia you are so far asleep that we take over your breathin... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Usually General: With the modern techniques to remove an appendix, the preferred anesthetic technique is a general anesthetic.
A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Talk to MD: The surgeon usually is very insistent that a patient not move during the operation. As you can imagine it is very hard to work on a moving target. Tha... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Epidural or Spinal: Regional anesthesia is the preferred anesthetic for c-sections. However, a complicated cardiac patient should get a meeting with an anesthesiologist b... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
No: Under general anesthesia you will essentially be in a temporary chemically induced coma. You will not do or say anything inappropriate.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Talk to Dentist: Most teeth extractions can be done under local anesthesia with a cooperative patient. If there are especially impacted teeth then some sedation might ... Read More
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
No: The ct scan will reveal gross damage to the testes, but will not answer the fertility question. This will be best tested by examining for sperm motili... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Depends on type: If the anesthetic is given by an anesthesiologist they would usually use a very short acting anesthetic agent. If the sedation is done by the GI docto... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Yes: Discuss this with your dentist. Most likely they already have a plan if you request some sedation.
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Talk to MD: It is possible that you have an infection as well and are transmitting ti to your wife. Have you self checked as well.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Not sure: There is some evidence that with the extremes of age there is some negative effect of anesthesia in the brain. In the pediatric population it is not w... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Depends on type: If the anesthetic is given by an anesthesiologist they would usually use a very short acting anesthetic agent. If the sedation is done by the GI docto... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Sedation: Most if not all patients require some sedation for endoscopies. Usually this is accomplished by medication through an iv. Some patients, usually child... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Initially Yes.: The chemical that we use to induce general anesthesia act on the whole brain. Because of this it takes some time for the person to come clearly awake,... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Varies: This procedure does not take much more that 2 hours all told, and is usually faster.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
No: The worst concern about any surgical procedure is bleeding from the surgical site. Doing this procedure without at least some local anesthetic would b... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Hydration: Hydration the day before surgery will help with post-operative nausea and vomiting.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Talk to ENT: There are other options depending on the patient. If there are disturbances in the sleep cycle, behavioral changes and/or problems at school, then the... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
No: You should call and discuss this with your surgeon. This could be a benign problem, but could also be an infection at the surgical site.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Varied: There are many foods and drinks that you are "meant" to avoid during pregnancy. The best source for these is your obstetrician.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
No: Please talk to your doctor about these risks as well as the possibility of narcotic addiction.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
No one quite knows.: The anesthetic agents and gasses that have been used to induce over the anesthetic act in the central nervous system. There are several theories about... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Not just yet: Frequently this can be treated with nsaids, heat therapy and rest. If the symptoms get worse and include pain, weakness or numbness you could go see a... Read More
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Talk to MD: It is possible, but unlikely, that your gb surgery has become undone. More likely is that you have increased your intake of high calorie foods that de... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Possibly: Please get in touch with a neurosurgeon or neurologist who are involved with this procedure. The degree of tremors that you are affected with, as well... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Talk to MD: Some growths in the heart can be non-infectious, such as a myxoma. Talk to your surgeon and get a full description and explanation.
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
See below: Multiple drugs can be used. These may inlcude: propofol, lidocaine, versed, fentanyl, robinol, neostigmine, rocuronium, isoflurane, desflurane. The ri... Read More
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
See below: Talk to your surgeon. There may be other radiographic techniques (such as a myelogram) that may not require the removal of the instrumentation. Your s... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
No: This is a prescription medication given for specific reasons. Online medications are not as safe as pharmacy drugs. The mixtures are not controlled, a... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Discuss with Dentist: This question would be one for your dentist. The ability to do this would depend greatly on your tolerance for pain. Local anesthesia would be one opt... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
See below: If you are his patient undergoing a procedure then he will be able to sedate you if it is needed.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Risky: The alcohol intake is a major concern in two types of patients. Obviously the alcoholic in one, but the other is the one who has drunk the night befor... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Talk to MD: Though the technique of wrapping the aneurysm is not as definitive a treatment as the placing of a clip, it should still allow you to lead a normal li... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Talk to MD: The female menstrual cycle is somewhat hardwired into the body. There are drugs that we can use to suppress and control it, but the only way to stop t... Read More

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Sep 16, 2013
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Jul 13, 2013
Fantastic answers. A great physician!
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Pollard is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! I take myself off to avoid addiction now down to codeine during day n oxy at night have severe arthritis n constant broken leg(osteoporosis)
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Thank you very much I try to eat and drink plenty without the feeling of having to vomit but thank you very much for answering my question.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I want to get a total hystorectomy as am still having bleeding problems and difficulty getting hormones right after 12 years on testosterone

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Unc Chapel Hill
Graduated 1991MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of North Carolina School of Medicine, NC
Graduated 1991MD

Awards

Top Doctor - Charlotte Magazine 2012
Top Doctor, Third Place, the Charlotte Region - Spring
2017
Top Anesthesiologist, First Place, North Carolina - Spring
2017

Affiliations

Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC
Carolinas Medical Center - Mercy, Charlotte. NC
Kings Mountain Hospital, Kings Mountain NC

Publications

Intraoperative awareness in a regional medical center: a review of three years data.
Adverse effects of topical papaverine on auditory nerve function
Aortic stenosis with end – stage liver disease: prioritizing surgical and anesthetic techniques
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