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Dr. Alan M Leff has the following 2 specialties
- Pain Medicine
Anesthesiologists are physicians who are trained to administer anesthetics, which are medicines used to block nerve sensation. Anesthesia can be either local to one specific part of a body, like a tooth, or regional to block feeling to a larger portion of the body, such as during an epidural for child birth. It can also be more general to block sensation to the entire body, resulting in unconsciousness.
Anesthesiologists assist in surgery by determining how much anesthesia is necessary and by monitoring the patient's level of responsiveness and vital signs throughout the procedure. The anesthesia specialist will also bring the patient out of anesthesia and then continue to monitor his or her vital signs post-operation.
Besides assisting in surgeries, anesthesiologists may also treat patients suffering from chronic pain.
Dr. Alan M Leff has the following 3 expertise
- Acute Pain
- Cancer Pain
Dr. Alan M Leff has 1 board certified specialty
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Dr. Alan M Leff is Board Certified in 1 specialty
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My husband has chronic sciatica, mostly due to working hard all his life. He is very interested in beginning a pain management program because he would like to remain able to continue to help support himself & his family instead of collecting disability, a noble endeavor I should think. Dr. Leff's office was recommended to us by another man in my husband's industry, as he (also a family man intent on towing his weight) has been managing chronic pain for well over a decade. Understandably, Dr. Leff is set to retire & isn't taking new patients. Our colleague said he felt reasonably sure that one of the other doctors would take my husband. My husband called & explained his situation to whoever was on the other end. He explained that his ultimate goal would be to be able to receive injections but that he would really appreciate another form of pain management beforehand so he would be able to continue working (within reason of course), as there is a long wait between the initial consultation & actual treatment of that kind. He explained that, although we don't have insurance we have no problem paying cash upfront for everything; He also mentioned that one of their patients referred us, & he gave that person's name. Her tone completely changed~He asked for an appointment, at which point this woman assumptively told him, "Well this isn't a place to come & get DRUGS", shutting him down then & refusing him the appointment...Was it the "no insurance" thing? Cash, we said, upfront~in advance if necessary...what's the problem? Was it the mention of who had referred us, him being hopelessly addicted to his opiate pain medication? Because that's not our situation, & that's not our problem. Opiates are more than readily available, as well as easy & relatively safe to obtain if an opiate were what we wanted. No one needs a doctor, we all know this. And it's not our problem that people become addicted to their medication. Psych drugs yield a wicked withdrawl, but no one's suspicious of people seeking THOSE because they have next to no street value. A-ha~now we see the heart of the problem~it's ALSO not our problem that people abuse their opiate medications or that people buy & sell their opiate medications & those of others when those medications had been intended to be used by the proper, pain-riddled person. I am sick of legitimate pain patients being pre-judged & spoken to like they're stupid. They are PATIENTS, even if they become addicted to their medications, as are many psychiatric patients to their NON-opiate ones. THEY are the patients, regardless of whatever anyone else does! They should NOT be TREATED according to conjecture as to what someone MIGHT do with medication intended for honest purposes. I resent the response my husband & I got from this facility when we called seeking help. Unfortunately a lot of facilities these days seem to conduct themselves similarly when dealing with this matter. It hasn't stopped us from pursuing pain management further, as we have done nothing wrong, & our intentions are pure. But it is very distressful to someone in pain to have his efforts not only denied, but looked upon with suspicion or assumptive prejudgement. In fact, it is everyone's right to seek relief from any ailment. Someone who doesn't, in my opinion, is not respecting himself, never the other way around, regardless of the social goings-on beyond the control of any individual.
My mother was one of Dr. Leff's first patients when he opened his Brooklyn office. My mom had horrible back spasms for over 15 years, and went from Dr. to Dr. with no results. Using new procedures, Dr. Leff was the first doctor who was able to alleviate my mother's pain for a significant amount of time. I now have been going to Dr. Leff for my own back problems for over 5 years and I always find him to be knowledgeable, friendly and compassionate. He has helped me greatly to deal with my pain. I always request to be seen by Dr. Leff and on only one occassion was I told I had to see his PA, he always finds time to see me. I have recommended Dr. Leff to quite a few people and they are pleased with his care as well. Yes, the front desk and his wife can be abrassive at times, but it's worth dealing with them, in order to get the first class care I receive from the doctor.
Dr. Leff is affiliated (can practice and admit patients) with the following hospital(s).
- New York University School Of Medicine
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Locations & DirectionsAlan M Leff Md, 315 E 72nd St Apt 19L, New York, NY
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