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Dr. Brian Struyk

Anesthesiology
Philadelphia, PA
22 years experience male

Locations

Children's Anesthesiology Associates, Ltd.

Philadelphia, PA

Address

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 34th Street & Civic Center Blvd., Philadelphia, PA
Directions

About

Bio

Pediatric Anesthesiologist at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Special interest/Experience: Pediatric Trauma Pediatric Neuroanesthesia Anesthesia for Spinal Fusion and VEPTR Minimally invasive Fetal Surgery Difficult Airway

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Anesthesiology

Doctor Q&A

113 Answers
91 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A member asked:
Dr. Brian Struyk
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
Yes.: That's fine. If you have questions about what meds to take before your anesthetic, get contact information for the anesthesia team from your surgeon ... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Struyk
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
Yes, definitely: Propodol does have anti nausea properties. I use it in anesthesia for people with a history of severe post op nausea and vomiting. I've also rarely ... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Struyk
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
Normal: It means that they look normal.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Struyk
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
It depends: It depends on how fit you need to be. If you worked out hard twice a day for an hour or more you could make some significant increases in your fitnes... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Struyk
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
Diet and exercise.: There is no quick fix or targeted weight loss, outside of liposuction. Talk to your physician about starting a modest exercise program and combine th... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Struyk
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
Adhesions: Any time you have abdominal surgery you risk forming adhesions, which are really just a kind of abdominal scar tissue. If you form adhesions that obs... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Struyk
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
Yes.: Hormone levels decrease by about 1/2 every 48 hours. Because they are so very high during the first trimester, and the tests available today are so s... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Brian Struyk
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
Growth charts: You can google pediatric growth charts for boys or girls and use the curves to determine where your children fit on the curves for height and weight. ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Struyk
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
Relax: If your symptoms are gone and you've seen your physician and have normal blood work, the likelihood of having lymphoma is extremely small. Relax. If... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Struyk
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
Infection: It could just be a reaction to the mosquito bite, like a hive, but it might be infected. If it doesn't go away in a couple days or if it continues to... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Struyk
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
See your physician: Black stool can be an indication of GI bleeding. Make an appointment with your primary care physician for an evaluation.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Struyk
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
Not really: The amount of radiaton that you get in a chest xray is really not very much in comparison to something like a ct scan. Repeated chest xrays are routi... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Struyk
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
Yes.: That is the purpose of the hair test. It should be positive for months while a blood or urine test could only detect current use.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Struyk
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
With the meds: It is referring to when you take the medication. You are ok to drink milk after a couple hours. Note: this does not apply to meds that say not to co... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Struyk
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
No effect: Aspirin should have no affect on your food allergies. It could cause GI upset, gastritis, etc. But that would not be related to your allergies unless... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Struyk
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
No.: A bladder transplant is not an option after bladder resection. Depending on your situation, they may be able to reconstruct your bladder. You should... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Struyk
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
Fluid?: A fluid collection in the middle ear can cause some hearing loss. Myringotomy tubes would help with that. Tubes normally extrude themselves over a f... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Struyk
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
Make an appointment: Make an appointment with your obgyn for an evaluation. There are many reasons that you can miss periods. If you have a hormone imbalance, etc. You ... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Struyk
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
It's possible: The only way to insure you will not get pregnant, or contract a sexually transmitted disease, is to practice safe sex. Discuss your options with your... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Struyk
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
Yes: It is safe for you to take your usual dose of this medication before surgery. If you take it in the am before surgery just take it with a sip or two ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Struyk
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
Probably: If you're talking about urine drug screening, i believe hydrocodone can be detected for up to 6 days. It is affected by how much you took and how wel... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Struyk
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
Just quit: Staining your teeth is the least of the problems that smoking cigarettes causes. Do yourself a favor and just quit for good.
A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Struyk
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
See your physician: Any time you have a sore or lesion that is not healing quickly as expected you should see your physician to have it evaluated. It is important to mak... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Struyk
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
No: It's just a hair. Don't give it another thought. And get used to the idea of unruly grey hairs taking over. It was the first of many.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Struyk
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
Diet and exercise.: There is no quick fix or targeted weight loss, outside of liposuction. Talk to your physician about starting a modest exercise program and combine th... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Struyk
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
Yes.: You may be a candidate for a bone anchored hearing aid device, like the ponto. Make an appointment with an audiologist to discusss the specifics of y... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Struyk
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
No.: A partial thyroidectomy shouldn't negatively affect your training. You can get your thyroid hormone levels checked after the procedure to make sure t... Read More
A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Struyk
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
The opposite.: Taking steroids usually increases your appetite.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Struyk
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
Fluid: It is probably a benign fluid collection or a hematoma (blood collection). You should make your urologist aware of the swelling and see if he/she wan... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Struyk
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
PCP: Your primary care physician can get you a consult with an infertility specialist in your area who can coordinate a complete evaluation of both of you.... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Struyk
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
Yes: Novacaine is a local anesthetic which should have minimal systemic absorption. It will not interact with a glass of wine or any other alcohol. Enjoy... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Struyk
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
See a pediatric ENT: A pediatric ENT specialist can quickly and easily take a look down at his vocal cords and airway in the office. If they find something unusual or con... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Struyk
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
Perhaps: It would depend on the size and location of the mole, your health status, and the recommendation of your surgeon. Children routinely have procedures ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Struyk
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
Yes and no.: Depending on it's location and nature, it may be possible to drain a cyst without surgery. However that is not usually curative, and it may reaccumul... Read More
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Struyk
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
See a dermatologist: I'm not sure how anesthesia could have caused your hair loss, outside of a compression injury. You need to see a dermatologist for an evaluation and ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Struyk
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
No.: Generally not, but if you have a complex medical history, the dentist may want a clearance letter from your cardiologist, internist, etc. Prior to per... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Struyk
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
Probably not: If you have already had liver problems associated with drinking alcohol, it is likely that you are at risk of recurrance and you likely have some perm... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Struyk
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
Get evaluated: It sounds like you need to make an appointment with a GI doctor. A gastroenterologist can properly evaluate you and determine what is going on with y... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Struyk
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
Yes: It's unlikely, but you only need one sperm to actually reach your egg to get pregnant. If you want to avoid pregnancy and disease you need to practic... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Struyk
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
Trimmed: Trimmed nails look so nice. Don't forget cuticle oil. File, file, polish, smile.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Struyk
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
Dependence: You can become addicted to or dependent on a medication even if you don't notice it's effects. Some medications are dangerous to stop suddenly. Alway... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Struyk
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
Probably not : Have an evaluation by a board certified endocrinologist.
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Struyk
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
No: Methadone won't interact with inhaled anesthetics. If you are having a painful procedure where you would need additional pain meds or post procedure ... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Struyk
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
Resume meds: Anesthetic and sedation drugs can cause nausea. As long as you can keep down a meal, you can restart your medications.
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Struyk
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
Probably normal: It is perfectly normal for 5% of the population to be a bit outside of the "normal" lab values. Unless you are far outside of the norms or know that ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Struyk
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
RICE and an eval: Rest, ice, compression, elevation. You should also get a physician to take a look at it to make sure it is not something more serious, like an infect... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Struyk
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
Yes: If your pain is worsening significantly, you should get a follow up MRI to determine what, if anything, has changed. Depending on the results, additi... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Struyk
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
Nonsense: Mris use powerful magnets to harmlessly and temporarily change the orientation of atoms in your tissues. They then use radio waves to visualize the i... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Struyk
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
Yes.: It's probably just a little irritation from friction. Make sure to have lubricant available. If it doesn't clear up quickly, make an appointment for... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Struyk is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Struyk is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thanks for you help I really appreciate it and the quick reply
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Graduated 2000MD

Residency

Naval Medical Center, San Diego

Awards

Top Anesthesiologist, Second Place, Pennsylvania - Summer
2013
Top Anesthesiologist, Third Place, the Philadelphia Region - Spring
2017
HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

American Society of Anesthesiologists
International Anesthesia Research Society
International Fetal Medicine and Surgery Society
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