Dr. Lewis Margolis

Anesthesiology
REDWOOD CITY, CA
50 years experience

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Anesthesiology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

68 Answers
43 Agrees
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lewis Margolis
50 years experience
Preparing for ops: General anesthesia is amazingly safe - safer than walking on the street! modern drugs and extensive continuous monitoring of the patient make surgery... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lewis Margolis
50 years experience
General Anes and OB: General anesthesia is used for urgent delivery and when regional anesthesia ( spinal or epidural ) is contraindicated. Statistically, general anesthe... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lewis Margolis
50 years experience
Sedative interaction: Oxycodone is a potent narcotic. Methocarbamol ( Robaxin (methocarbamol) ) is a centrally acting muscle relaxant. Both can cause sedation and /or diz... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lewis Margolis
50 years experience
Epidural catheters: Epidural catheters are probably the most common type of catheters to be used for post operative or post delivery analgesia. They are generally used f... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lewis Margolis
50 years experience
Xylocaine (lidocaine): Xylocaine (lidocaine) is a local anesthetic. It is not used for acne. For acne, try frequently washing hands and face and avoiding fatty and sugary ... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lewis Margolis
50 years experience
Meptid analgesia: Meptid , oral or injectable, is a synthetic pain reliever related to morphine. It is used short term for moderate to severe pain relief. It works by ... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lewis Margolis
50 years experience
Metabolism of anesth: Anesthetics, both inhalational and intravenous, are metabolized and/or excreted by the liver and kidneys. Other drugs used during anesthesia , such a... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lewis Margolis
50 years experience
Propranollol: Propranolol, or inderal, (propranolol) is used to slow the heart rate and decrease the force of cardiac compression. It can be used to lower blood pr... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lewis Margolis
50 years experience
NSAIDS: Celebrex (celecoxib) is a non-steroidal anti inflammatory drug. Though it can relieve arthritic pain by cutting down inflammation, it is not a narcot... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lewis Margolis
50 years experience
Oxycodone Halflife: The half life of oral ixycodone pills is 3.5 to 4 hours . So in 5 halflives, or 17.5 - 20 hours, most of the oxycodone is eliminated. This applies t... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lewis Margolis
50 years experience
Osteopaths: Osteopaths attend school with a similar course if study as m. D.'s. In many states, a d. O. Degree and sn m .D. Are viewed as equivalent. Usually an... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lewis Margolis
50 years experience
Carbocaine: Carbocaine, or mepivacaine, has a rapid onset ( 3 to 20 minutes depending on concentration and place of injection ) and a moderate duration if 2 to 2 ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lewis Margolis
50 years experience
What: What type of sedation and monitoring will be used? What will recovery be like?
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lewis Margolis
50 years experience
Brush: Brush your gums as well as your teeth in the morning as well as before bed. Then mouthwash!
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lewis Margolis
50 years experience
Safer OB anesthesia: Regional anesthesia, spinal or epidural, is the preferred anesthesia for labor and delivery. The baby(ies) are born less depressed and the mother's f... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lewis Margolis
50 years experience
No interaction likel: Nitric oxide enhancers relax and dilate blood vessels. Lexapro, (escitalopram) a treatment for depression, does not usually interact. A decrease in b... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lewis Margolis
50 years experience
Paper Bag!: Rebreathing into a paper bag will raise your blood carbon dioxide and make you feel less dizzy!
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A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lewis Margolis
50 years experience
Flu shot: It is not unusual to have some discomfort after a flu shot. Some patients even experience muscle aches and a tired feeling for a day or two. Stay we... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lewis Margolis
50 years experience
Hydricodone: The halflife of hydrocodone is 4 to 6 hours. In 5 half lives, or 20 - 30 hours, the majority will be eliminated. However sensitive urine tests may d... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lewis Margolis
50 years experience
Alcohol: Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant, as is hydrocodone. It is safest to wait at least 6 -8 hours after " several beers" before taking hydr... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lewis Margolis
50 years experience
Ketamine - Glutamine: Most research on ketamine - glutamine interactions has been done on rats. Alcohol inhibits glutamine release. As the alcohol us metabolized, glutami... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lewis Margolis
50 years experience
Inclusion cysts: Inclusion cysts are skin cysts frequently filled with fluid. Local anesthesia is usually used to excise them. Sometimes the cyst may get large, pain... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lewis Margolis
50 years experience
Narcotics: Narcotics are not useful for shortness of breath unless pain is preventing a patient from taking a deep breath, such as upper abdominal pain or pain f... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lewis Margolis
50 years experience
Anesthesia: It is possible under general anesthesia to "dream" almost anything. Dreams under anesthesia frequently resemble those the patient might have when sle... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lewis Margolis
50 years experience
Anesthetics on Penis: Applying a local anesthetic to the penis will decrease sensitivity. So you may last longer than usual.
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lewis Margolis
50 years experience
Rebreathing: Hyperventilation decreases the carbon dioxide in the blood. Carbon dioxide us the main determinate of cerebral blood flow. Too much hyperventilation... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lewis Margolis
50 years experience
50 mg is safe: Doxylamine is an antihistamine that is prescribed for sedation. The usual doseage is 6 to 50 mg at night. Doxylamine is not addictive. Do not use ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lewis Margolis
50 years experience
Itching is a side ef: Puritis, or itching, is a side effect, not an allergy. Ask for an alternative pain reliever!
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lewis Margolis
50 years experience
Anesthesia for skin: Moles are generally removed with local anesthesia. Some needle-phobic patients request sedation or general anesthesia. Find a physician you can comm... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lewis Margolis
50 years experience
Dental anesthesia: General dentists can utilize local anesthesia without supervision. Some dentists gake additional training, such as oral surgeons, which includes mont... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lewis Margolis
50 years experience
Massage, ice, stim: Pain relief is only one component of treatment for back strain. Massage, ice or heat depending on duration of strain, electrical stimulation, and tra... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lewis Margolis
50 years experience
Immobilization: Splinting, as for a sprained ankle, immobilizes the injured area and prevents further damage. It also decreases pain and swelling if properly applied... Read More
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A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lewis Margolis
50 years experience
Caudal anesthesia: Caudal anesthesia, a type if epidural anesthesia, involves the injection of a steroid and sometimes a local anesthetic into the epidural space. I dou... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lewis Margolis
50 years experience
Oxycodone and NSAIDS: Yes, it is safe to combine oxycodone and ibuprofen. Both provide pain relief, but by different avenues. Oxycodone is a potent narcotic. Ibuprofen i... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lewis Margolis
50 years experience
Epidural complicatio: Epidurals are injections of local anesthetics and/or steroids into the space superficial to the spinal fluid. I think any complication affecting the ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lewis Margolis
50 years experience
Halitosis: Halitosis, or bad breath, and a "bad taste in the mouth" can occur after general anesthesia. Dehydration, breathing dry anesthesia gases, and minor... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lewis Margolis
50 years experience
Be: Be sure to ask about anesthesia and monitoring. Will conscious sedation or deep sedation be used?
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lewis Margolis
50 years experience
Spinal headaches: It is not unusual to have persistent headaches after spinal tap and blood patch. To obtain relief, try drinking lots of caffeine-containing fluids, su... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lewis Margolis
50 years experience
Hysterosalphingogram: Hysterosalphingograms are generally done in the x-ray departments and are not very uncomfortable. If the fallopian tubes are blocked or the cervix s... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lewis Margolis
50 years experience
Morphine analgesia: There is no limit to morphine doseage after anesthesia. Doctors order a starting dose based on weight, age, and expected severity of pain. Subsequen... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lewis Margolis
50 years experience
Aspiration: Aspiration of gastric contents is possible under anesthesia. However, by keeping the patient without food or drink for greater than 8 hours will mini... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lewis Margolis
50 years experience
Corn allergy: Corn allergy can be serious. Local anesthetics do not react with corn allergies, but the solution which contain the anesthetics may contain dextrose... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lewis Margolis
50 years experience
Benzathine Penicilli: Benzathine penicillin is injected intramuscularly and is slowly released to the bloodstream, lasting up to 2 or 3 weeks. It has no local anesthetic p... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lewis Margolis
50 years experience
Voltaren (diclofenac): Voltaren (diclofenac) is a non steroidal anti inflammatory drug which can be taken orally. A topical cream is available. It is not a narcotic, but m... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lewis Margolis
50 years experience
Proparacane: Proparacaine is a topical anesthetic used for opthalmologiic cases such as cataract extraction or even tonometry or suture removal. It is dispensed i... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lewis Margolis
50 years experience
Codeine derivatives: Oxycontin is oxycodone, a powerful oral narcotic. Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) is hydrocodone plus acetaminophen. Though both are Codeine d... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lewis Margolis
50 years experience
Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen): Most narcotic from a single dose of Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) is eliminated in 20-30 hours. I would be very cautious with alcohol consumpt... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lewis Margolis
50 years experience
Hydrcodone: The half life of hydrocodone is 3.5 - 6 hours. In 5 half lives, or 17.5 - 24 hours, the majority of the drug is unavailable. However , the sensitivi... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lewis Margolis
50 years experience
Anbesol: Anbesol contains benzocaine, a local anesthetic. There is no alcohol in anbesol.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lewis Margolis
50 years experience
Epidural costs: An epidural blood patch is a procedure that is reimbursed without regard for the time involved. Insurance companies reimburse contracted md's at 4 to... Read More
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Margolis is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Margolis is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This saved my life. Thank You! I am very very thankful to you may you live long.I will remember you in my prayers.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you so much! I appreciate it!
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This was very helpful. Thanks! you are great

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

New York Medical College
Graduated 1973MD

Awards

Top Doctor, First Place, San Mateo County Region, CA - Summer
2013
Thought Leader, Second Place, San Mateo County Region, CA - Summer
2013
Top Anesthesiologist, First Place, San Mateo County Region, CA - Summer
2013
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