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Dr. Loki Skylizard

Thoracic Surgery
Frederick, MD
22 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
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Thoracic Surgery

General Surgery

Doctor Q&A

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557 Agrees
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A male asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Variable: Different types of surgical approaches. Tracheostomy most commonly performed under general anesthesia with additional local injections around surgica... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Examination: Estimated at least 10% spontaneous pneumothorax are asymptomatic. The first line of diagnosis for large pneumothorax is a good history and physical ex... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Not usual: Alcohol does not generally have direct impact on pneumothorax per se. However, over all care may be impacted. If your pneumothorax is being treated, ... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Concerned: Am concerned with 17 year old, "lung collapse", hypertension, tachycardia and arm pain. This needs very careful assessment. If the "collapse" you spea... Read More
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Probably not: Yes, recurrence of lung cancer is unfortunately possible and common. However, presuming you have received appropriate lung cancer care and the approp... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Cardiomyopathy: Alcohol is not likely to directly effect a repaired valve. However, heavy alcohol usage can cause alcoholic cardiomyopathy. This toxic effect injures ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Yes: "lung nodule/s" is a radiographic finding and not a diagnosis. The presence of nodules does not indicate cancer and the vast majority of nodule are in... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Unlikely: At age 19, non-smoker, no other risk factors, extremely unlikely. It would be best to be evaluated by your primary care physician. A comprehensive med... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Cardiomyopathy: Alcohol is not likely to directly effect a repaired valve. However, heavy alcohol usage can cause alcoholic cardiomyopathy. This toxic effect injures ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Multiple treat: Gastro esophageal reflux disease = gerd. This is generally synonymous with "acid reflux" or "heart burn". If you take "acid blockers", you decrease/el... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Options: If hyperhydrosis, surgery can be quite successful for appropriate candidates. While done often by experienced thoracic surgeons (vats), it is chest su... Read More
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A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Discussion: The information you provide is limited. Why you got a ct scan to begin with is important. You would generally not diagnose asthma by ct. I would be co... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Variable: A bronchoscopy with or without biopsy is fairly straightforward. The general description you've provided suggests a child that at baseline is chronica... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Depends on details: The details of why and how the surgery was performed as well as baseline health status all impact length of stay (los). Generally, minimally invasive... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Ask surgeon: If you are the individual with the heart surgery, I am concerned of a more complex cardiac history. A 33 year old having undergone significant cardi... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Many things: Too numerous the possibilities. Most important is to discuss with his comprehensive cancer team. After any procedure, it is best to have open communi... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Possibly: Unknown. Prolonged thermal injury is associated with rare malignancies. There is limited studies/data, but some early analysis is worrisome: http://go... Read More
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Maybe: Blood testing is generally not regarded as a general screening tool. Random or blind blood testing may result in more fear than answers. Any lung can... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Often not: Unfortunately, lung cancer is often asymptomatic. Lack of symptoms is a major reason for late stage diagnosis. The following link may assist you in ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Yes, but...: Lung cancer in the "never smoked" population, if looked at as a seperate disease would rank in the top 10 lethal cancers in usa. Yes still at risk aft... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Must ask: You would have to specifically ask the nurse and attending physician/s. There can be multiple reasons to remove tubes and drains. The practices, pro... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
If disabled: While pulmonary embolism can be life threatening in acute setting, properly treated often does not result in significant disability. If you have a val... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
NO: The x-ray may be one of the first studies ordered. But, plain film radiograph (x-ray) does not rule out cancer. Ultimately, the majority of abnormalit... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Pulse pressure: Generally agree with dr. Koch. Your physician may be concerned with what's called "pulse pressure". http://goo.gl/mqo7jx whatever the case of c... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Timing: If your lung is currently "collapsed", i.e. Your pneumothorax has not resolved, you should wait until recovered. It is generally safe to engage in re... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Unusual: In general, coughing is not going to tear your intercostal muscles. That would be unusual. Following major chest surgery, we encourage deep breathing ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Potentially: Best information to date is that marijuana is a carcinogen linked to developing lung cancer. Recent studies have found links of lung cancer to smoking... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
No test: Lung cancer generally develops over numerous years. Having smoked does increase risk over longterm. It is unlikely for you to develop lung cancer in ... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Bleb or leak: Question not completely clear. Sounds like your doctor is referring to a "persistent air leak". Alternatively, you may have blebs that are causing "re... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 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
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
So so: In general, you do not need to live in a bubble after mitral valve surgery. Second hand smoke is dangerous for everyone. A routine mitral repair is ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Variable: Depending on location, resources and training of the physician; biopsies can be via interventional radiology with ct-scan guidance, they can be by rou... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Probably: In appropriate candidates, thymectomy should be performed by a trained thoracic surgeon. These links may assist: http://goo.Gl/3xxmd and http://goo.G... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Partial lung remove: Lung resection surgery includes partial removal (wedge, segmentectomy, or lobectomy) or whole lung removal (pneumonectomy). Most lung removal, at mod... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Agree: Agree with some of what others have described. The robotic surgical system is a tool/surgical instrument that may be utilized to enhance surgical out... Read More
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Usually short: Usually few days to a week. Depends on original cause, your over all health and nutrition status. In general, skin should seal in short period of time... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Depends: Ct-scan screening for lung cancer is appropriate for specific patients that meet certain criteria. See this link: http://www.Cancer.Net/publicatio... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Low: "from 2006-2010, the median age at death for cancer of the lung and bronchus was 72 years of age. Approximately 0.0% died under age 20; 0.1% between 2... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Add: I would agree with dr person and just add... Many surgeons may use a scope in their operation but the true vats utilizes small incisions and there is ... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Possibly: Tracheal stenosis is an unfortunate potential complication from a life saving tracheostomy. Stenosis can often be treated. This may involve dilation,... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
YES: Risk factors for primary and secondary spontaneous pneumothorax (sp) include: smoking (including marijuana). Lung inflammation is also hypothesized t... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Unfortunate: Please accept our condolences for your loss and ongoing challenges. I strongly encourage open and honest dialogue with your primary care physician ev... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Depends: There are many variables. It is important you speak with the physician performing the biopsy. Some biopsies are performed in radiology with ct guida... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Discuss...: Your question is not exactly clear. "remission" is a term used to describe cancer that was diagnosed and after treatment or in unusual cases "spontane... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Yes: "...The average age at which lung cancer is diagnosed is 71, with less than 3% of lung cancers diagnosed under the age of 45. That said, lung cancer d... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Airway examination: Bronchoscopy is a procedure to visually examine inside of the airways (trachea, bronchii). This can be done using a rigid bronchoscope or flexible fib... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Resection: Agree with dr. Mott, will add, lung resection surgery includes partial removal (wedge, segmentectomy, or lobectomy) or whole lung removal (pneumonecto... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Potentially: Treatment and/or cure depends largely on stage and associated treatments at a given stage. For best results, lung cancer should be treated by a multi-... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Depends: Published 5yr first recurrence rates for primary spontaneous pneumothorax are around 20-30+%. For secondary spontaneous pneumothorax, around 40+%. A... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Not established: About 1/3 can see spontaneous remission, 1/3 stabilize on chronic medications, and 1/3 have progressive difficulties. Chronic and/or longterm medicat... 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
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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.
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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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