Dr. Alexander Bankov

Anesthesiology
PA
39 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

Doctor Q&A

132 Answers
33 Agrees
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Steroid injection: is supposed to provide anti-indlammatory effect, reducing swelling and amount of pressure and irritation of the nerve roots involved in the pain. It i... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Non- narcotic amount: I think the difference is in the amount of Acetaminophen in this combined preparation. The amount of narcotic painkiller ( hydrocodone) is most likel... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Na channel blocker: By inhibiting Na channels Lidocaine affects action potential phase 0 ( class 1B antiarrhythmic). It can cause dose-dependent depression, reduction in ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
"Twilight": Not a big fun of this term, but that what conscious sedation means - intravenous medications make you calm, drowsy, but one is able to see, hear and p... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Physics: The physical phenomena on which these imaging techniques are built are very different, each is best suited for different purposes. Cat scans are sophi... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Couple of hours: Assuming it was given for labor pain, most patients regain full control 2-3 hours after it was stopped, but the qualified staff ( nurse) should superv... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Unlikely: Although exposure to general anesthesia at young age is a matter of concern and ongoing research, i personally do not think it was tied to delayed gro... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
See a doctor: It probably had foul smell and taste, too. Sounds like signs of purulent inflammation around tonsils ( tonsillitis), better have it checked.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Anticholinesterase: neostigmine inhibits the activity of the enzyme responsible for breaking down the acetylcholine, the ubiquitous neurotranmitter. In anesthesia it is c... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
I think it can, but : Would not be able to tell you much details without doing research on it. I graduated almost 30 years ago and this kind of things have been studied bef... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Yes: This medicine, like many others, belongs to class B ( 'probably safe') - meaning: animal studies failed to show risk, controlled human studies not ava... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
No: General anesthesia can be conducted with spontaneously breathing patient using an anesthesia mask. Often the oral airways are used, that look anythin... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Yes: Local anesthetic Lidocaine does come in different formulations, depending on route and purposes of administration. It is not always mixed with epineph... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Yes: Metformin can cause leg cramps; vitamin B may not eliminate them yet you should not harm yourself if you try it in the recommended dosages
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Since when?: The infection of the small wound is not uncommon after this. Since i don't know the duration, if there is any redness, swelling and warmth to touch i... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Aorta and R atrium: To keep surgical field - heart, in this instance, - " dry" , the blood has to be diverted. So one or two canulas are usually inserted via right atrium... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Securing the airway: During general anesthesia and other comatose states the breathing tube allows to pass the required gas mixture - oxygen, air, anesthetic - and to mini... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Yes, in theory: It could.. Although a small hiatal hernia is often asymptomatic, it needs to be considered by your doctor as part of differential diagnosis.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Regional anesthesia : The intravenous regional anesthesia with a local anesthetic under a tourniquet named after german surgeon august bier. It affect only a part ( region... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Diagnose first: This is not a precise medical term that more refers to describing subjective feeling of discomfort in the general abdominal area. The causes may be mu... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Yes, most likely: Sleep study is observing your natural, physiologic parameters during sleep to document whether there are any breathing pauses (apneic episodes) presen... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Yes: If it is 5.4%/1.4% solution, 2 to 4 drops in ear(s) up to four times a day.
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Urologist consult: If non -invasive imaging like ultrasound failed to discover the source of bleeding, the urologist might need to be consulted to perform cystoscopy - p... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
A blink of an eye..: I went through my first general anesthetic when i was practicing anesthesiologist. It felt like i closed eyes just for a second, and the next thing yo... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
ECG is good: You are right, all tests are limited, neither 100% sensitive (fail to show the disease) or specific ( show abnormality without disease present). One ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Hard to tell: It would depend also what you needed general anesthesia for, i.e. Type and duration of surgery, degree of the blood loss, the components of anestesia ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Two different meds: If I understood your question correctly, lidocaine (an amide) is also a local anesthetic, yet chemically it is different from tetracaine (an ester).... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Hold pressure: For several minutes (5-10) after removal of the needle. Do NOT inject anything into artery. Depends on the location, check for signs of adequate blo... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Tough one..: although it would be possible in theory, to conduct general anesthesia or sedation safely one often needs an intravenous line, i.e. more needle sticks... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Unlikely: If it is clean water, your kidneys and bladder will be the organs that handel the extra load.
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
It's a possibility: Lightheadedness is a general, i.e. Not very specific, symptom. Was the weight loss intentional? The need for meds often decreases after individual lo... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
No reason to panic: If you had not been injured and as long as you don't feel pain, numbness or weakness in your arm or neck, there is probably nothing serious going on.... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Generally, yes: Practically any drug can cause allergic reaction. Having said that, the true allergy, defined as a reaction mediated by antibodies etc., is more commo... Read More
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Talk to doctor again: The doctor who ordered and reviewed all the tests you have been through should be able to discuss the pros and cons of starting you on some medication... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
It depends: Whay you had esophago-gastro-duodenoscopy (egd) in a first place. The procedure or commonly used sedative medications are unlikely to be reasons for y... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
General anesthesia: In most cases, it is general anesthesia (complete unconsciousness), during which the breathing is supported by means of an airway, usually breathing t... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Viral illness?: Although the exact diagnosis is not possible, i would suspect acute viral iinfection, particularly if you other members of your houshold/ people at wo... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Unpredictable: Ketamine is controlled substance and should only be used in safe setting by qualified professionals. Answered this because "waiting a while" indicato... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
# of fluorine atoms: Chemically, they are all halogenated ethers that can produce general anesthesia (GA) in humans. The sevoflurane has the highest number of fluorine ato... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Terminology: Most likely it means that pain / increased sensitivity in your left leg can not be tied to certain nerves responsible for sensation from that area. Th... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Incorrect: hypertension as a disease is a very common entity-millions of patients receive anesthetics despite of this. If very high blood pressure discovered for... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Medical speciality: that deals with all aspects of care for a patient undergoing surgical, diagnostic or therapeutic procedure in order to provide maximum safety and min... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Not quite: Ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) is a synthetic drug that works by stimulating nerve endings to release norepinephrine and epinephrine, substances - horm... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Yes: you are correct, in sufficient dose it would
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Apples and oranges: sorry if names sound similar, it might be confusing.. Exparel is a brand name for the paricular formulation of a numbing medicine, or local anesthetic... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 39 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 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 39 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 male asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 39 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 39 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 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 39 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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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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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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