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Dr. Loki Skylizard

Thoracic Surgery
Frederick, MD
20 years experience male

Locations

Center for Chest Disease

Frederick, MD

Address

501 West Seventh Street, Suite D, Frederick, MD
Directions

Practice website

Fax

(301) 694-0927

Insurances accepted

CIGNA Open Access

About

Bio

Dr. Skylizard specializes in non-cardiac thoracic surgery, thoracic surgical oncology, surgical treatment of both malignant and benign diseases of the lungs. Dr. Skylizard has received advanced training in minimally invasive thoracic surgery (Robotics, VATS, Laparoscopy, and Endoscopy); including pulmonary resection and thymectomy. In addition to completing Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Residency, Dr. Skylizard completed extensive training in da Vinci S and da Vinci Si robotic assisted surgery; including a formal advanced fellowship training program.

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.

Thoracic Surgery

General Surgery

Doctor Q&A

660 Answers
687 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Variable: There can be any number of reasons. But, presuming it is not an infection, the most common cause is tape reaction from the bandage. Alternatively, som... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Not true: It has been analyzed for years in the farm industry by large animal vets, its contents and chemical composition are well defined. There is nothing mag... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Not necessarily: You should discuss all options with neurologist. Also, look at recommendations by myasthenia gravis foundation: http://goo.Gl/3xxmd you could possib... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
No: Generally no. You should make sure you have not changed laundry detergent and other things that may be irritating the scar.
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
No: A lung "nodule" is a term for small abnormalities seen on xray and ct scans. Most are found to be non-cancer. If larger, 2.5 - 3cm or bigger... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Yes: Infarction of heart muscle is a heart attack. The septum is a critical component of the heart muscle. Septal infarct is a heart attack.
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Not safe: They are not safe. This link should help: http://goo.Gl/0yedv "...A study done by the fda found cancer-causing substances in half the e-cigaret... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
YES: Inhaling combustion products and especially tobacco, increase numerous diseases and health disorders. The best way to avoid or decrease the health ris... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Depends: Generally 55-75% ef is regarded as "normal". Mitral valve prolapse, "mild" mitral regurgitation and a high "normal" ejection fraction only provides pa... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Family physician: Best care starts first in family physician's office. Surgery can be quite successful for appropriate candidates. While done often by experienced thora... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
NCI: From national cancer institute: "cancer that forms in tissues of the lung, usually in the cells lining air passages. The two main types are small cell... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Probably: If you are the individual with the valve repair, i would be concerned for a more complex cardiac history. A 21 year old having undergone significant... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Yes: Atelectasis (at-uh-lek-tuh-sis) — a complete or partial collapse of a lung or lobe of a lung — develops when the tiny air sacs (alveoli) within the lu... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Sample and target: You do biopsy, brushings, and washes to increase chance of diagnosis. Many forms of bronchoscopy biopsies are somewhat blind. Nodules can be tricky to... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Not rare: 10-15% of lung cancers occur in non-smokers. 16-24, 000 americans die of lung cancer each year are "never smoked" patients. If you just took the "ne... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
You don't: Generally immobilization after rib fracture is unhealthy and bedrest after rib fracture can be lethal. Individuals with a rib fracture/s should receiv... Read More
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Unusual: Would be unusual to have ongoing pain from a previous pneumothorax (collapsed lung). However, if it was treated with chest tube or other intervention,... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Stage and type: Stage 1 survival can range from 60% to as high as 90+%. Survival is individual. Depends on cancer type, treatment, and general health at time of diagn... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
4-6wk: Usually, around 4-6wks. Depending cause of "collapsed lung" (pneumothorax). Spontaneous pneumothorax first recurrence rates depending on type ranges 2... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Often asymptomatic: Early lung cancer is often asymptomatic. Symptoms are generally late and not present early as you are "getting lung cancer". The following link may a... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Different: Healthtap has has thousands of licensed physicians in many areas of specialization. There are numerous physicians here with experience in oncology (c... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Yes & no: You should be evaluated by a thoracic surgeon for possible surgical treatment, particularly if you have had recurrent episodes. In proper candidates,... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Evaluation: First question is why was initial scan that found lymph node performed? A complete evaluation is critical. Isolated para-aortic and ap window nodes (l... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Air in wrong place: Pneumothorax is an accumulation of air outside your lung but inside your chest/ribcage. It is commonly described as a "collapsed lung" because the ai... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Depends on disease: Non cancerous lung disease is treated by pulmonologists and lifestyle modification. Early lung cancer is demonstrated to be best treated by anatomic r... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Hole in lung: Non-trauma, spontaneous pneumothorax occur as a result of an abnormality in the lung tissue. Risk factors for primary and secondary spontaneous pneumo... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Not definite: "the exact pathogenesis of the spontaneous occurrence of a communication between the alveolar spaces and the pleura remains unknown. Most authors beli... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Sometimes: Unfortunately, early lung cancer is often asymptomatic. The following link may assist you in the possible symptoms: http://goo.Gl/vvhhy.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Not likely: Someone age 28, such as yourself, should be otherwise healthy. In general, 4mg of orally ingested valium by itself is not likely to cause cardiac arre... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Usually: Unfortunately, early lung cancer is often asymptomatic. Symptoms may include persistent cough, bloody cough, pain, short of breath. The following link... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
If hyperhydrosis: Surgery can be quite successful for appropriate candidates. While done often by thoracic surgeons (vats), it is chest surgery (major surgery). There a... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Exam: Rib fractures are often a "clinical diagnosis". This means by history/cause of pain, and physical simple exam, a fracture is presumed. Generally do no... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Could be: It may be. You might want to discuss with your primary/family physician. He/she upon evaluating may relieve your stress or further evaluate.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Air or blood: Pneumothorax is an accumulation of air outside your lung but inside your chest/ribcage. Hemothorax is an accumulation of blood outside your lung but ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Yes: Yes with appropriate, multi-disciplinary cancer treatment and care there are 5 year survival rates for every stage of lung cancer: http://goo.Gl/2cdq9... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Cardiomyopathy: Alcohol is not likely to directly effect a endocarditis damaged valve. However, heavy alcohol usage can cause alcoholic cardiomyopathy. This toxic eff... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Yes: http://goo.gl/qyxxk4 "...The most frequent tumors involved in secondary gastric sites are melanoma, breast, and lung cancer..." http://goo.Gl/r2bnbz ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
No: That is not normal. Bony fractures, in an otherwise health individual with good nutrition will take anywhere from 2-6 weeks to heal. At 9 months after... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Maybe: You really, need your surgeon to look at the surgical site. "weeping" from wounds is not necessarily infection. But, it needs your surgeon&... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Cause: ...Lung nodules — small masses of tissue in the lung — are common, appear as round, white shadows on a chest x-ray or computerized tomography (ct) sca... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
First evaluation: Best care starts first in family physician's office. Surgery can be quite successful for appropriate candidates. While done often by experienced thora... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Generally yes: Acute radiation pneumonitis/lung inflamation can be treated and improve. However, radiation causes longterm injury and progressive fibrosis. This proc... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Not very: Chest xrays are not regarded as good lung cancer screening tools. Ct-scan, while imperfect, is currently the best demonstrated screening tool for lung... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Can get cancer: We know, lung cancer in "never smoked" population, if looked at as a seperate disease would rank in the top 10 lethal cancers in usa. Second hand smok... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Generally no bueno: Poorly/incomplete inflation of lung is non functioning lung. Collapse from air = pneumothorax. If pneumothorax creates enough pressure, can compress t... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Discuss: In general, post-operative difficulties are first discussed with surgeon in conjunction with primary care physician. Depending the specifics, addition... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Rare yes: Not likely but possible. You need multiple factors. In the young, usually need heart abnormality like unusual anatomy, abnormal arteries, certain valv... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Not so simple: First identify a treatable cause. If no treatable cause, a more definitive chest intervention. In general this will either be a surgical pleurodesis (... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Options: Best care starts first in family physician's office. Surgery can be quite successful for appropriate candidates. While done often by experienced thora... Read More
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Maybe: You can survive. There is no known proven "treatment". There are therapies and numerous have survived. For the most part, the approach is... Read More

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Jul 21, 2013
Terrific & dedicated physician trained in the latest & most minimally invasive techniques. If my mom ever needed something in his area of expertise I would send her to him...iwish Dr Skylizard was c...Read More
Jul 23, 2013
Dr. Skylizard is committed to excellence in care. He is on the cutting edge of technology and strives to bring this level of care to all patients. You are in caring, capable hands when you seek advi...Read More
Jul 30, 2013
Dr. Skylizard has written so many helpful, knowledgeable answers. He's a great resource for anything in the chest, such as lung biopsies/cancer, collapsed lungs, pulmonary emboli/clots, bronchi or tr...Read More
HealthTap member
This was very helpful. Thanks! Your response about para aortic lymph node enlargement has relieved my mind. Thanks for taking time to thoroughly answer the question.
HealthTap member
Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thankyou doctor. You are a life saver. I had Pneumothorax and was running from it.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I am at the beginning stages of this and it's nice to have some answe

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Michigan Medical School, MI
Graduated 2001MD

Residency

<br>Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery

Residency

<br>General Surgery

Residency

<br>Family Medicine Internship

Residency

<br>General Surgery Internship

Awards

Tufts University School of Medicine Citation for Excellence in Teaching
Induction to the United States Army Medical Department Regiment
University of Michigan Four Year Merit Scholarship
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