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

540 Answers
557 Agrees
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Surgical: As noted, in appropriate candidates, treatment is surgical. In proper candidates, tran-soral endoscopic stapling is first line therapy. In failed endo... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Possibly: Successful surgical procedures prevent stomach contents from refluxing into the esophagus. Many patients are happy to use medications intermittently a... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Sort of: 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 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Generally no.: A recurrence at high altitude or while deep underwater scuba diving can be rapidly lethal. Individuals with recurrent spontaneous pneumothorax should ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Multiple: Space limits long answers. You can check the following internet link for additional information on esophageal cancer and risk factors: http://goo.Gl/i... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Concur: Concur with drs cooke and spiers. Esophageal cancer is treated in a muti-disciplinary approach with specific treatments decided based on the stage an... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Pressure: The pressure from a "tension pneumothorax" pushes heart towards the opposite side of the chest. This tension/compression can be sufficient to prevent... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Blebs: 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
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Unfortunately yes: There are many different risk factors and there are unfortunately many non-smokers that get lung cancer. The largest group of non-smokers to get lung... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Generally 2: Generally two types: adenocarcinoma and squamous cell. Check here: http://www.Cancer.Net/cancer-types/esophageal-cancer.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Several: For medication treatment of symptoms, primary care physicians and gastroenterologist provide the frontline in care. Generally, specialists for gerd i... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Agree: Agree with dr. Vijay laxmi misra. When describing refractory gastroesophageal reflux disease, generally speaking of patients still suffering symptoms... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Possible: As noted, first thing is stop. Work with family physician, get help, and stop. Second, it's very important to understand there are numerous disease ... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Unknown: Primary spontaneous pneumothoraces (sps) generally occur in people aged 20-30 years. The male:female ratio is estimated 6 to 1. The definition of p... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
No: Unfortunately, there is a mistaken belief that surgery actually causes lung cancer to grow. This "old wives tale" has scared patients from getting ea... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Why?: Treatment for esophageal cancer is hard, survival difficult. The question is, "what do you want to achieve?". It makes little sense to undergo the dif... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Several ways: As noted, generally three types of approaches. The radiologist can perform transthoracic needle biopsy. Surgeons and pulmonologists may perform bron... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Not exactly...: Just holding one's breath is not a risk factor per se. However, hyper inflating your lungs can result in pneumothorax in individuals with blebs and a... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Yes: Yes. Smoking is one of the most studied and most highly associated carcinogens when it comes to lung cancer.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
No, is risky: Generally not advised to fly, travel high altitudes or scuba dive so soon after pneumothorax. How long depends on original cause of pneumothorax and ... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Eventually: It is important you communicate with your surgeon. He/she will provide you with post-operative instructions including encouraged activities and any l... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 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
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Patience: Chest tube drainage/evacuation will often resolve pressure imbalance instantly. The hole in the lung from trauma or spontaneous collapse can potential... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Stage: As noted by other physician, there are statistical based survival estimates by stage. But, each patient is an individual. It is most critical to spe... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Don't loose hope: I am not sure of the specific question? Each patient is an individual. It is most critical to speak with your cancer team. They will develop multi-di... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Not first thought: While chest pain can be a symptom of lung cancer, pain is often more common in pneumonia then lung cancer. Later stage lung cancers may cause pain, b... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Unfortunately YES: This link may help: http://www.Cancer.Net/cancer-types/esophageal-cancer/symptoms-and-signs.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Occurs with cycle: These pneumothoracis occur in relation to the monthly menstrual cycle. They appear to be related to abnormal (ectopic) endometrial tissue in the lung... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Possibly a lot: There are two broad categories of bronchoscopy, rigid and flexible fiber-optic. Agree with dr. Arenberg. It's a tool used to diagnose and possibly tre... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Proper eval first: 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 female asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Yes: I would have to agree with drs cassivi and leeman. You can also learn more at the following link: http://www.Cancer.Net/cancer-types/lung-cancer.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Agree: It can be very effective if done after complete evaluation for appropriate indications by well trained surgeon.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Treatment: Agree with dr tsai. It is very uncommon to use thoracotomy approach for a simple pneumothorax. If surgery is indicated, it is most often by minimall... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Pressure: A pneumothorax with enough pressure to compress the right side of the heart. This decreases the blood return to the heart. Without adequate blood re... Read More
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A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Confirm: Question is not completely clear. However, if you had TB and were treated, a skin test should not be performed. Generally, a two view chest x-ray an... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Minimal: Agree with dr. Arenberg. Barring complications, other than the day of procedure, you should not require any additional absence from work. This include... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Generally NO: The cost of equipment and supplies are generally more expensive for robotic procedures. For surgeons to safely provide robotic surgery, they require m... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
No: Agree with dr. Cooke and others, chest x-ray is not very sensitive. Best choice for lung cancer screening in appropriate candidates is low dose ct sca... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
First evaluation: 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 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Often limited: Unfortunately, early lung cancer is often asymptomatic. The following link may assist you in the possible symptoms: http://goo.Gl/vvhhy.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Several: Generally, start with family physician and neurologist. He/she will confirm diagnosis and provide longterm treatments as necessary. In appropriate can... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Not usually: As noted, most people tolerate this procedure well and do not recall the procedure. Often, patients will mostly complain of cough and/or sore throat.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Usually a reason: Risk factors for primary and secondary spontaneous pneumothorax (sp) include: smoking (including marijuana), tall thin stature in otherwise healthy, c... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Generally no.: Living at higher altitude is not regarded as an independent risk factor for spontaneous pneumothorax. The risk factors for primary and secondary spont... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Size: Smaller collapse often heals. Larger may need drainage. The hole in the lung from trauma or spontaneous collapse can potentially seal in just a few da... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Multifactoral: Thymectomy may be curative. Generally patients may demonstrate 1. Cure, 2. Asymptomatic on medications, 3. Stable symptoms on medications and/or decre... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Get it out: Agree with dr. Matos-cruz. Thymoma is a slow-growing type of cancer that begins in the thymus. The following links may provide more information: http:... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Yes: If the pneumothorax creates enough pressure, it can compress the right side of the heart. This decreases the blood return to the heart. Without adeq... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Depends: First recurrence is most common between 6 months and 3 years. Published 5yr first recurrence rates for primary spontaneous pneumothorax are around 20... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Thymus gland: Thymoma is a slow-growing type of cancer that begins in the thymus. Removal of thymus gland is both diagnostic and potentially therapeutic. This can n... Read More
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Testimonials
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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.
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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