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Dr. Fernando Garcia

Anesthesiology
Boca Raton, FL
36 years experience male

About

Bio

Currently in clinical practice as well as academic practice at Florida Atlantic University and Nova Southeastern University. Instructor to EMS staff for city of Boca Raton and Palm Beach county. Special interests in nutrition, exercise, weight control, genetic testing of drug metabolism, pain management and allergy management. Also, If you have an upcoming surgical procedure and are curious about the procedure itself, why it is being performed or what complications may arise from it, send me a message or request a consult and I would be happy to go over it with you.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Anesthesiology

Bariatrics

Critical Care

Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine

Pain Management

Licenses

United States: Florida

Doctor Q&A

75 Answers
23 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Garcia
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Carb Quandry : Some "complex" carbs(brown rice, whole wheat) are metabolized slowly and are better for weight management but ultimately if you consume more calories... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fernando Garcia
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Ignore: We now have the ability to determine which drugs will benefit us and which will cause side effects.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fernando Garcia
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Hemorrhoids: Hemorrhoids are permanent. Although they may recede they usually return. They can become inflamed and occlude(thrombosis), which is a surgical emergen... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fernando Garcia
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Anesthetic Allergy: A reaction to general anesthesia can be one of several different medical conditions. True allergies, such as the kind most people talk about, a reacti... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fernando Garcia
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Pain pump: Pain pumps are electric, battery powered or newer spring loaded devices used to administer pain medications. These can include intravenous or peri neu... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Fernando Garcia
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Good : Good question. Local anesthetics come in different durations. Your anesthesiologist will decide, based on the type and length of surgery which one th... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fernando Garcia
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Right sided pain: Right sided abdominal pain can be a serious problem and should not be ignored. Possibilities include, appendicitis, gall bladder disease, kidney ston... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Garcia
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Pain pill overdose?: It is not a very powerful analgesic so although the dosing is usually 1-2 every 4 hours, if you are a larger person or are use to taking this or othe... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fernando Garcia
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
You: You will gain strength faster if you lift heavier weight for a lower number of repetitions.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fernando Garcia
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Pain and swelling: You are probably going to have to see an orthopedic surgeon to evaluate this but since most acute shoulder blade injuries are from trauma i find that ... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Garcia
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Exercise and Weight : Exercise is a poor tool for weight loss on its own. When you think that an hour of moderate exercise will burn about 300 calories and consuming 1 cook... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Fernando Garcia
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Pain medication: Most endoscopies are done under IV propofol. An anesthetic that is safe and short acting. If this was used she should be able to take her pain medicat... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Garcia
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Weight Control: Think of food as fuel. If you pair your food with your activity then rather than store calories in fat you will tend to burn calories for work. Simple... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Fernando Garcia
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Good : Good question. If your main concern is pain, then yes a local anesthetic is enough to extract wisdom teeth. There are circumstaces where your tooth ... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fernando Garcia
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Oxycodone and Naprox: Adequate pain control often requires multiple medications. Oxycodone is often combined with anti-inflammatory agents as naproxen. Taking 2 agents with... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fernando Garcia
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Regional anesthesia: The injection of a local anesthetic adjacent to a nerve in order to temporarily, partially or completely block sensory, motor or sympathetic conductio... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Garcia
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Blow Out!: Without having a bit more information it's difficult to tell you the meaning of this one. It may refer to inserting a needle directly into a nerve wh... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fernando Garcia
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Not specifically: Commonly used "diet pills" work through appetite suppression and increasing metabolism. So if you end up consuming less calories than your body is uti... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fernando Garcia
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Proteins: Proteins stress the kidneys. Drink plenty of fluid. 24 extra ounces a day. Avoid alcoholic beverages.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fernando Garcia
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Don't: Don't carry a wallet in your back pocket. Avoid stick shift cars. Always warmup, stretch then exerci.
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fernando Garcia
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Ruptured Achiles: Sounds painful. You may have ruptured your achilles' tendon. If the calf muscle is torn, the torn section will contract and shorten. This may make it ... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fernando Garcia
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Anesthesia : Anesthesia is not an all or nothing event. Although, depending on the circumstances, there are times when being "aware" is appropriate. You mentioned ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Fernando Garcia
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Not heart pain: There are many sources of chest pain other than your heart. One of the more common is your esophagus. Another possibility is your pancreas. This is kn... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Fernando Garcia
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
There : There are times when patients have the option with regards to the type of anesthesia they will receive for surgery. The surgery you are considering ca... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Fernando Garcia
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Diet Pills: "Diet pills" come in many types and dosages. I would need to know more about the medication. That said, some diet pills have hormones in them. Hormone... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fernando Garcia
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Face pain: Hi Anthony, as usual, there are many things this might be. Some more common than others. Although many are rare at your age. Stress can cause the head... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fernando Garcia
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Abdominal pain: Methergine (methylergonovine) is a medication used after delivery of a baby to decrease uterine bleeding. It is part of a group of drugs that causes t... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Garcia
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Sedation vs Nitrous : Great question. Nitrous is a better and more complete anesthetic, since it not only sedates but also controls pain. "sedation" is intravenous medicati... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Garcia
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Sedative combo: Great question. There are many instances where one could take these two together, safely. It should only be done under the care of a physician. Keep i... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Garcia
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Tips and tricks: There are some things you can do to increase your success rate. Try eating multiple(6), small meals a day. Make dinner a small, low carb meal. Drink w... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Garcia
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Exercise and Weight : Generally speaking when trying to change your shape you should use exercise for two purposes. To increase metabolism and to maintain muscle mass. It i... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fernando Garcia
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Body Compensates: The body will compensate for injury but the degree and timing are determined by your lifestyle and genetics. Some compensation is protective, such as ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fernando Garcia
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Exercise and diet: Generally speaking when trying to change your shape you should use exercise for two purposes. To increase metabolism and to maintain muscle mass. It i... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Fernando Garcia
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Back pain after epid: It is not likely your pain is from the labor epidural after 19 months. What is more likely is a back injury resulting from the actual vaginal delivery... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fernando Garcia
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Appetite Suppressant: Phentermine is a stimulant. As such it can cause chest pain if you have a previously undiagnosed heart condition. It can do this by increasing your he... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fernando Garcia
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Using: Using your own body weight in increasingly difficult positions to improve strength and balance.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Garcia
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Fentanyl patch: The fentanyl in the patch should start it effect very soon after application of the patch. Within minutes. The onset if affected by your skin type and... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fernando Garcia
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Epidural block: An epidural block is a procedure usually performed by an anesthesiologist in order to block pain during or after surgery. It can also be used for pain... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Fernando Garcia
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Hello, Good : Hello, good question! local anesthesia works by blocking chemicals that move into and out of nerves in the in contact with the local anesthetic. This... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fernando Garcia
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Diet: Diet is a key in weight control but when you are so close to ideal body weight you need some exercise to maintain metabolic rate and muscle mass. Othe... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fernando Garcia
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Burn fat: The body does not selectively lose fat. How and where you store fat is genetically determined. You can reduce total body fat and the chest is one of t... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fernando Garcia
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Chest pain: The pain you describe is most often musculoskeletal and may be a strained intercostal muscle. It can be due to activity or a cough but if it is at res... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fernando Garcia
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Spinal headache?: Although headaches from spinal taps can improve on their own, i prefer treating them earlier rather than waiting. The needles used to drain spinal flu... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fernando Garcia
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Balance is key: Benefits of exercise include, less body fat, stronger muscles, more energy and an increased metabolism. This last benefit is key to dieting and weight... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fernando Garcia
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Pain after epidural : This depends on location of epidural. If in lower back it is not a likely source. If it was a cervical (neck) epidural it may be the problem. The medi... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fernando Garcia
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Carbon Dioxide : Good question. Your kidneys have many functions. One is to maintain ph balance. When your body accumulates too much carbon dioxide(co2) your kidneys w... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fernando Garcia
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Zumba gone wrong?: Remember it about getting fit while having fun! the body doesn't care if you took the wrong step, just that you took a step. It will burn the calories... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fernando Garcia
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Not likely: Although Tramadol is considered an opiod receptor agonist, amongst other things, it is not structurally similar enough to other narcotics to be detect... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fernando Garcia
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
SVT and Lidocaine: Good question! Local anesthetics can be used without epinephrine(epi). The reasons epi is added to local anesthetics include, to increase their durati... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fernando Garcia
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Liver pain: Right sided abdominal pain has many origins. Causes include, liver, gallbladder, ribs, colon, pancreas, kidney and others. See your doctor and have th... Read More

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Feb 27, 2013
Here is a smart man who cares! Impressive. Consider yourself lucky if you get the chance to have him as your doctor.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Garcia-Dorta is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Garcia-Dorta is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank u. Yes I waited until 7 centimeters. Then was augmented w petosin to speed back up and it took a long time before vaginal birth. Concern here is that it will slow them down again and lead to ces...Read More
HealthTap member
Thank you! I'm 16 months postop (L5,s1), unable to move without pain. Sacram is degenerating, apparently. 35 yo female. Hx of SA following passing of my only child. I refuse to live like this.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you for your input, I've heard a lot about hormonal imbalance!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Graduated 1990MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of Miami
Graduated 1986MD

Residency

University of Miami, Jackson Health System

Residency

Miami Children's Hospital

Residency

MT SINAI HOSPITAL MEDICAL CENTER

Awards

Top Anesthesiologist, Third Place, Florida - Winter
2013
Top Anesthesiologist, Second Place, Florida - Spring
2014
Top Anesthesiologist, First Place, the Fort Lauderdale Region - Spring
2017

Affiliations

American Medical Association
Florida Medical Association
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