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Dr. Gary Ritholz

Anesthesiology
New York, NY
31 years experience male

Locations

Office

New York, NY

Address

New York, NY
Directions

Fax

(917) 751-4279

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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

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

114 Answers
35 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Time: There are many causes of back pain. I would speak to a pain mgmt physician. Typically depending on the cause of your pain, epidural or similar inject... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Yes: Traditionally it was held that patients should be "npo" eight hours. But more recent studies show that up to 4 oz of water is probably ok upto two hr... Read More
A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Depends: The best treatment depends on the cause of the sciatica. Until that is known there is no best treatment. If it is from a herniated disc then physica... Read More
A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Maybe: The colon it self only feels pain through stretch. So it depends partially on the shape of your colon and the skill of of the colonoscopist. So it i... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Maybe: Halcion belongs to a group of medications called benzodiazepines. They include drugs such as xanax (alprazolam) and valium. These drugs are anxiolyt... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Yes: Adderal is a stimulant. It is an amphetamine . Narcotics (opioids ) are depressants.
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Maybe: In general epidural steroid injections are given in multiples of three. They maybe spaced out from anywhere over a month or two months. If the firs... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Unknown: There are many theories that are beyond the scope of this answer. But in reality no one knows. It is theorized that through protein interactions in t... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Depends: I would discuss this with your anesthesiologist and surgeon. An upper airway infection can leave your airway hyper reactive for a few weeks. This ca... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Multifactorial: Certain factors raise the risk of postoperative nausea and vomiting. Some of the factors include gender, type of surgery, location of surgery, anesth... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Tertiary care center: I am not sure what you mean by "the right" doctor. If you are near a tertiary care hospital, I am sure they have a pain mgmt center. There would be ... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Probably local: A mole can generally be removed under local. Of course this depends on the extent of the removal.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Gas and narcotics: Anesthetic gases. Narcotics such as fentanyl. Muscle relaxants and paralytic reversal agents
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
No: General anesthesia does not cause hair loss
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Inflammation: Achilles' tendon pain is usually caused by 1) tendinitis 2) bursitis 3) sprain.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Rice: If you can walk on it. It is unlikely you have a fracture. For the first 24 hours i would rest ice compression elevation. I would add to that otc ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Inflammation: Achilles' tendon pain is usually caused by 1) tendinitis 2) bursitis 3) sprain.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Muscularskeletal : Although there are other possibilities the most likely are an inflammation of what is called a facet joint, disc bulge or herniation, lumbar sprain or... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
None: Unfortunately depending on the cause of stomach pain there is not really any good pain killers. Even narcotics do not work well. Of cause if the pai... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Yes: It is possible to undergo what it called ultra rapid detox. You are anesthetized and given intravenous reversal agents. It takes many hours and and... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
More testing: If this continues you need to have a colonoscopy. You may have irritable bowel syndrome.. But there are other causes of diarrhea including inflamma... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Depends: It is difficult to answer your question with out having more information. What sort of injects did you receive and for what. They might have been "tr... Read More
A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Yes: D and c is done routinely in offices. It is generally done with deep sedation with medication such as propofol. Of course it needs to be done with a... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Vital signs: If you are talking about general anesthesia, then we monitor blood pressure and heart rate. A rise in either usually indicates a need to deepen the a... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
No guessing: You should see a physician asap. To guess at what it maybe from limited information is dangerous.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Drop in blood press: It is possible the combination of both standing and hot water (which may dilate your veins) causes a drop in cardiac output which causes a drop in blo... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
No but dangerous: Generally your max pulse rate is calculated as 220- your age in your case that would be 203. The target heart rate for exercise is about 80% of that... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Yes: It is fine to put Propofol in any vein in the body. Some veins are smaller so the medicationay burn. Bruising after the Propofol is more to do with ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Probably none: I have seen conflicting studies. Many suggest that it is arginine which may be included as a supplement that releases a small amt of nitric oxide. ... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Most common cause: Cough causes an increase in chest pressure. This causes a pressure increase in the skull. High chest pressure decreases venous blood return and cardia... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Nothing: Falling asleep and is generally euphoric and rapid taking only seconds. Once under you experience nothing.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Sevoforane: There are several Anesthetic gases (potent agents) Sevoforane, isoforane, endorse, halothane and nitrous oxide. However today the two most common to... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Depends: Not to my knowledge. However a large enough dose of narcotics may overwhelm a given amount of narcan (naloxone).
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Choice: The choice is usually made by the surgeon for those surgeries that can be done either way. For those surgeries that are generally above the navel and... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Both narcotics: Fentanyl and Oxycontin are both narcotics. Fentanyl is normally an intravenous medication when formulated as a skin patch it delivers a constant dos... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Drowsy vs unconsciou: Versed belongs to a class of drugs called benzodiazepines. They are anxiolytics and sedatives. Versed generally will give you amnesia for the event ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Don't think so: BPH is a chronic condition
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Mild and transient: If you are having general anesthesia and will be paralyzed then common complications can be: sore throat, muscle aches, nausea, swollen vein by IV si... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Unlikely: I don't know for sure. But not to my knowledge. It is a dissociative analgesic unrelated to any other pain medicines. Usually it is not given alone... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Increased bp: In general intubation is very stimulating. In fact it usual to employ methods to control blood pressure during intubation. After intubation if a pat... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Cool it: If there is no blistering then you most likely have a 1st degree burn . I would not put on any oils etc. I would take an analgesic such as Motrin or ... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Maybe nerve damage: It sounds like neuropathic pain. The ulnar nerve runs by your elbow it could be dislocating or damaged possibly. I would see an orthopedist and have... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Respiration: The volatile gaseous anesthesia agents equalize with air in the lungs and are exhaled off.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Nerve block: Regional anesthesia usually implies that a nerve block is done. That means that all the areas that are supplied by this nerve or group of nerves will... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Maybe: Depends on the type of pain. Neuropathic pain can be treated with drugs like lyrica (pregabalin). Sometimes moderate to severe pain can betreated wi... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Minor injury: The shaking of your hand probably caused the needle to pierce and traumatize the vein and tissue. This caused a hematoma (the discoloration). You al... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Yes: In a word yes. It is safe for you. Gilbert dz should not affect you at all
A female asked:
Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Potentially: This depends on both the skill of the surgeon and the anesthesiologist. Ultimately you run the risk of having to general anesthesia anyway.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Within time: Generally lung volumes are changed by general anesthesia. The type, duration of your surgery and your body habitus will determine your recovery rate
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Nitrous oxide?: I think you meant nitrous oxide. Long term exposure can cause vitamin B12 deficiency, neurologic consequences and reproductive side effects (in pregn... Read More

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Thank you so much I really appericate your reply going to take it easy, meds and ice here I come. I really do appericate your help.Thank you
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

New York Institute of Technology New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, NY
Graduated 1991MD

Residency

MAIMONIDES MEDICAL CENTER

Awards

Top Anesthesiologist, First Place, New York - Winter
2013
Top Anesthesiologist, Third Place, New York - Summer
2013
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