Dr. Richard Pollard

Anesthesiology
Charlotte, NC
32 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

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1.6K Answers
335 Agrees
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 32 years experience
Very safe: Gamma knife surgery doesn't involve any incisions. This means that all the side affects are due to the radiation itself. The first side effect is a fa... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 32 years experience
See below: If the spine around the injury is stable, as in no fractures, then a light massage is probably okay if the patient can tolerate it. Deep massage, spin... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 32 years experience
No: One of the main things that anesthesiologists do is ensure that patients keep breathing.
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 32 years experience
Minimal: Gamma knife surgery doesn't involve any incisions. This means that all the side affects are due to the radiation itself. The first side effect is a fa... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 32 years experience
Regional anesthesia: The preference is sometimes driven by the surgeon, but commonly the choice is a regional anesthetic. There seems to be some benefits with regards to p... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 32 years experience
See below: The anesthesiologist will ask you to eat nothing for at least 6 hours before the operation. They may allow you to have some clear liquids (water, appl... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 32 years experience
See below: Puberty is probably a good time to introduce the concept. Hiding the truth from children is never a very good idea, but finding ways to bring the topi... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 32 years experience
Spinal injections: A pan management specialist might suggest the use of a steroid injection into your epidural space to decrease the swelling of the herniated disc. This... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 32 years experience
Usually very safe: The procedure, when done in the hands of an experienced neurosurgeon, is very safe. There are always the risks of bleeding and infection, but these ar... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 32 years experience
Yes: Under anesthesia the forces causing aneurysms to rupture are minimized. Left on their own a rupturing aneurysm has an almost 50% mortality rate. This ... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 32 years experience
MAC: Mac stands for monitored anesthesia care. This is a spectrum of anesthesia that ranges from a very light sedative to almost complete general anesthesi... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 32 years experience
Evaluation: The post anesthesia recovery score is used to judge wether a patient can be released from the pacu and be sent either to the floor or to home. The use... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 32 years experience
Very Safe: The risk of general anesthesia (ga) is less than that of driving to the hospital to have the operation. Ga is thought to have a risk of death of one i... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 32 years experience
See below: No. It is a genetic abnormality that is not related to birth. The nomenclature is somewhat confused, but genetic defects are inborn and occur before b... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 32 years experience
Depends: From my own children i can tell you that my teenager still has problems with this. All i can tell you is keep reinforcing basic manners, and hope that... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 32 years experience
See below: First check on limitations placed on child by nature of the disease. Then try and include them in what they can participate in. Perhaps use them as as... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 32 years experience
Prevention: If you have had nausea after anesthesia in the past, you need to let your anesthesiologist know beforehand. There are medications and techniques we ca... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 32 years experience
Light Sedation: Usually this operation can be done with local anesthesia and light sedation. Some dentists use valium , other might use a combination of medications i... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 32 years experience
Pain and Nausea: Most of the anesthetic agents disappear very quickly. That is why patients only remember the post anesthesia care unit issues.The main postoperative p... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 32 years experience
See below: Some mothers do not feel the child move until late into the pregnancy. Your OB doctor should be able to check fetal heart tones and movement. This can... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 32 years experience
See below: There is a school of thought that thinks that music therapy, in pregnancy and in childhood, can increase the iq of children. However, the scientific d... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 32 years experience
See below: Put the child in a play pen, such as a pack and play. This will ensure they cannot get into anything they shouldn't. However, even with this you need ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 32 years experience
See below: The short answer is everything you can carry. The newborn seems to need a lot of stuff. Obviously you need food supplies and bottles. This includes cl... Read More
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 32 years experience
Spine surgeon: This kind of discomfort can be either treated by a spine surgeon, that is a neurosurgeon or orthopedic doctor. It can also me managed by a pain specia... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 32 years experience
See below: The use of a fetal heart rate to determine the childs' sex does not work reliably. The best way is via ultrasound.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 32 years experience
See below: There is a very small study (15 patients) saying that there seemed to be a decrease in the level of diabetes after "stem cell educating". A cure? Not ... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 32 years experience
5 mins : Most patients wake up in recovery room and have no recall of even being in the operating room. If you have a short procedure you will wake even more q... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 32 years experience
See below: The blood type cannot affect the future of the child.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 32 years experience
See below: It depends on what kind of abnormal head shape. If there is some mild flattening by lying on back, or in one position all the time, then there is prob... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 32 years experience
Yes: The blood types are compatible. The obstetrician will also make sure there are no problems with future children by treating rhesus incompatibility. Th... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 32 years experience
Depends: The answer depends on the kind of skull fracture. If the skull is depressed, that is broken in towards the brain, then it can press on the brain and c... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 32 years experience
Yes: The anesthetic allows the surgeon to break up adhesions in your shoulder from scar tissue that you would not permit them to do while you are awake. In... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 32 years experience
Not with care.: Some of the medications that are commonly used in anesthesia can interact with the medications you are taking for parkinson's disease. However, the an... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 32 years experience
No: Anesthesia is generally protective against seizures. This is somthing else. I might consider talling to a neurologist to see if something else is goin... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 32 years experience
Yes, but: The spinal is a safe anesthetic for a pediatric patient. I have found that the surgeons do not like the fact that the patient is still wiggling while ... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 32 years experience
No Effect: Naloxone is specifically indicated for treatment of narcotic overdose. It would not be indicated for the treatment of local anesthesia overdose.
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A 16-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 32 years experience
No: A brachial plexus injury is usually caused during a difficult delivery it is not something that happened during pregnancy.
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 32 years experience
Might work: Please get in touch with a neurosurgeon or neurologist who are involved with this procedure. The degree of spasm or tremors that you are affected with... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 32 years experience
Both are not used: Neither of these techniques is really used for delivery. Topical anesthesia is a cream or spray that is put on the skin to decrease sensation. Local a... Read More
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 32 years experience
See below: Larger babies are more difficult to deliver due to size. Your OB doctor will be keeping an eye on you to make sure that you don't have any problems.
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 32 years experience
See below: Actually your next baby could be the same size or even bigger. The fact that you have gone through one birth will make the second easier because you w... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 32 years experience
See below: Neonatal tetanus is an infection that can occur after birth in rural environments with non-sterile procedures. This happens when dirt get in the umbil... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 32 years experience
Both: Marfan syndrome can affect both men and women.
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A member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 32 years experience
See below: As long as it has been stored safely then there should not be a problem with mixing.
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A member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 32 years experience
See below: This really depends on you. I have known parents taking their baby on walks within the first month, other seem to keep them hidden from view. Look at ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 32 years experience
Distract them: Giving the child a toy or teething ring can distract the child long enough for you to get the job done.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 32 years experience
See below: This often depends. I never felt my children kick while they were in the womb. Others say they can feel them all the time.
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 32 years experience
Yes: Childbirth can be very hard on the mother. The risk of maternal death is small but it does exist. Talk to your OB doctor if you have any concerns or q... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 32 years experience
Yes: Though a regional anesthesia is not a good idea, there are other techniques and medications that can be used. Ask to talk to your anesthesiologist as ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 32 years experience
Talk to MD: My feeling is that they will say no. A obstetrician or midwife is probably going to want to make sure that the baby is delivered as safely as possible... 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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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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