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Dr. Alexander Bankov

Anesthesiology
PA
38 years experience male

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Board certified anesthesiologist experienced in general, regional, OB and cardiac anesthesia. Have studied, practiced and taught anesthesiology in Russia , Germany, UK and US for more than 25 years. Interested in optimizing intravenous drug delivery, spinal anesthesia, airway management, TEE.

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Anesthesiology

Languages spoken

German, Russian

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132 Answers
33 Agrees
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
Multiple reasons: Being treated on the intensive care unit usually means a very serious and/ or life-threatening condition; it is often accompanied by changes in functi... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
"Never say never": General anesthesia is a reversible unconsciousness, it is very safe. It usually resolves in a matter of minutes. However, the anesthesia is practicall... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
At one time? Yes,: this exceeds usual adult dosage and is not recommended
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
Yes, if anesthesia: is provided by qualified/ dedicated personell. For many hospitals it means anesthesiologist and nurse anesthetists and it will depend on the schedul... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
If anesthesia gas is: used, whether it is vapor (started with ether, now - sevoflurane or isoflurane) or actual gas ("laughing gas" nitrous oxide or xenone) to induce and ... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
Unlikely: Sounds like you taking medications that target you stomach - they should not cause any damage to kidneys. Having said that, the visceral (from interna... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
Not necessarily: You may simply check your own pulse - at the wrist or at the neck or groin - to see if you can pick up any irregularity; ultimately one would have to ... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
Hard to tell...: sometimes it is possible to deduce knowing more details; however, it is not unheard of some people responding to certain medicine in other than tradit... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
It is part of ACLS: securing airway with the breathing tube is the recognized part of the Advanced Cardiac Life Support algorithm, i.e. it is very effective. However, ca... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
Hardly with: "normal" cough, if I am allowed to say such a thing. The residual capacity of the lungs has enough oxygen to maintain the hemoglobin saturation level.... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
Yes, but: statistically chances are in your favor: the risk of getting postdural puncture headache usually less than 5%, close to 1-2%. The actual incidence is ... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
Different things:: it would be best to discuss in details with your doctor.. Restrictive means reduced ability of lungs to expand, as opposed to obstructive, which refer... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
Unconsciousness and: death, as worse case scenario - as with any drugs designed to induce general anesthesia state, if attempted as recreational drug or administered by pe... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
It's possible: If one has open wounds, sores, blisters etc. That is why part of universal precautions in the hopsitals is wearing gloves. Wouldn't be very likely t... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
To avoid necrosis: of the skin and subcutaneous tissues in the event of accidental extravasation, i.e. injection of medicine outside of the vein due to very potent vasoc... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
Being subjective: sensation, I don't think it would be possible to predict your individual response and qualify it as a discomfort or pain. Having said that, it might b... Read More
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A 74-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
Unlikely: That would be very unusual.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
It varies: I would think it very much depends on the degree of losses, but our kidneys are very well suited in conserving the necessary ions provided the supply ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
Not usually after GA: General anesthesia (ga) is not usually accompanied by such symptoms.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
Pain killer: It is a combination of a narcotic pain killer pentazocine with a narcotic antidote ( antagonist) naloxone, it is designed that way so in case of inje... Read More
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
Mismatch: between areas in the lungs where the oxygen can get through constricted airways and those parts of the lung tissue where the most of the blood is circ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
Not safe: It could and it was, but it would be very unsafe.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
Unlikely: Of course it is important to know the dose and the route of the administration, but if you are talking about about severe diabetic ketoacidosis, thera... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
in theory..: I think it is remotely possible, depending on your diet, medicine intake and qualities of the stool. Would not be high on the list though - i would su... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
Theoretically: Everything could. However, if you are asking about Lidocaine injected to induce local anesthesia, the swelling might be not only due to volume given ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
Not sure: but what I can tell that tramadol is an opioid, i.e. synthetic opiate
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A 73-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
Yes, generally : Speaking. Spo2 refers to any oxygen saturation obtained by using pulse oximetry, the type of absorption spectrophotometry - that is why "p" is added. ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
Doubt it: The kidneys that function normally should not allow filtration of any significant amount of protein in the urine, irrespective of daily variations of ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
Start with ointment: There are over the counter ointments containing local anesthetics (lidocaine, for example), steroid (hydrocortisone) and blood vessel constricting med... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
Diagnose first: Feeling that something is there may or may not mean it is, indeed, there. So before you attempt to take it out it would prudent to ask health practiti... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
It shoudn't : From the description you gave, it is unlikely. The active ingredients are often listed in small print. If in doubt, talk to your doctor.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
Tough one: This is a more than " million- dollar question", unfortunately. Relatively recently there was an interest in biotin, one of the vitamins which defici... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
Read the label: If both of them list Benzocaine as an active ingredient, you should not mix them. If not, it is probably ok.. There are different over-the counter for... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
Focus..: Personally i wouldn't suggest any drugs out of fear that trying something new during the exam may compromise performance. Do study of course, give you... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
Topical anesthetic: Benzocaine is mostly used on mucous membranes - in the throat/ oral cavity, for example. Beside numbing, excessive amounts can interact with oxygen-ca... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
Need an exam: Since you did not mention how long you had it, the safest would be to have it looked at by a professional, because any injection can rarely lead to an... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
Tubal ligation: Discussing surgery with your gynecologist might be an option.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
Yes, there is. : To avoid harm, please follow the instructions prescribed by your doctor.
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
See the doctor, : To be sure. You did not mentioned whether your surgery was laparoscopic (" key holes") or an open one, with a wider excision. In any case, the sensati... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
Not quite: Oxygen saturation reflects the proportion of red blood cell pigment - hemoglobin that is loaded ("saturated") with oxygen. It is unitless and shown as... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
My guess - second: I don't think it is well documented; alcohol has a narrow therapeutic margin, meaning the difference between the dose for the desired effect ( here: i... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
Not over the I - net: I would suggest consulting the doctor who diagnosed you with mild valve prolapse, if possible. It is important to be sure that it is indeed the case. ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
Bigger: Most likely they are larger and potentially more significant finding, i. E. That might need further attention, from observation to more diagnostic pro... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
It's quite rare: Yes -there are, primarily due to abnormal electrical activity (heart arrhythmias) that can occur suddenly and may be related to anatomical factors (c... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
Side effects: I don't think it's normal, yet you might experience side effect of the drug, most likely codeine, if you never had it before.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
You should: it is quite sensitive area, would you agree? Yes, anesthesia is often performed for this procedure, there are different types, depending on the patien... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
Often general: general anesthesia or quite a heavy sedation is commonly used, that can be supplemented by local anesthetic from gynecologist; ultimately though it is... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
Keep you safe: and comfortable during surgical and diagnostic procedures. As specially trained physicians, they learn your medical history, examine you, formulate th... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
Succinylcholine: - depolarizing muscle relaxant used to facilitate intubation during general anesthesia. It is metabolized by this enzyme and in some people with inbor... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
If it is prescribed: specifically by your doctor, then the answer is yes. The danger of self-medicating with these substances is the potential cumulative and synergistic e... Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Bankov is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Bankov is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Bankov saved my life! #nationaldoctorsday2016 #virtualflower9
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Thanks for your quick reply! Thanks Dr Bankov, greatly appreciate your help and time!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thanks for your clear answer!
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Ural State Medical University, Russia
Graduated 1984MD

Residency

The Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh

Awards

HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

American Society of Anesthesiologists
Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists
Fellow, Royal College of Anesthetists (UK)
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