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About Dr. Bradley Pakula
Dr. Bradley Pakula, MD is a Doctor primarily located in Van Nuys, CA, with other offices in Encino, CA and Los Angeles, CA . He has 27 years of experience. His specialties include Anesthesiology. Dr. Pakula is affiliated with Olympia Medical Center - Olympic Blvd, Northridge Hospital Medical Center, Roscoe Boulevard Campus and Providence Tarzana Medical Center. He speaks English.
Dr. Bradley Pakula has the following 1 specialty
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.
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I have unfortunately had more surgeries than I care to remember. Dr. Pakula was my anesthesiologist on my last surgery. It was the first time I woke up with no nausea or vomiting. I had no pain or sore throat. He spent a considerable amount of time with me answering all my questions ( I am very scared of going under anesthesia) and called me the night before and after my surgery. He is a true gem.
This guy should not be a practicing MD. He was the assigned anesthesiologist for 1 hr surgery. When I woke up, I wasn't able to feel part of my tongue (which I still cannot feel, and I am currently 3.5 wks post-op). My lungs, rib cage and neck were so sore, and I was barely able to stay awake on the ride home because he over medicated me. Being a nurse myself (with lots of OR experience), I assume that he overinflated my lungs when I was intubated, and that lead to the soreness of the lungs and the ribs. I attribute the loss of sensation on part of my tongue to him being very rough when he intubated me, and therefore, bruised/hurt some of my nerves and/or muscles in the throat and tongue. I underwent a 5 hr surgery on the same body part 6 weeks prior, and I had none of the above noted problems. When my MD called him to give me a call 4 days post op, this guy could not have been any more rude. I told him about my issues with the tongue, and he just said not to worry about it because "it subsides 48 hrs post-op". I told him that I was 4 days post-op at that point, and he just said again, not to worry about it because it will go away. Well, guess what, Mister, I am now 3 wks post-op, and still have that numb spot!!! As the conversation continued, I realized that he had no idea about my medical hx, and was just arrogant and rude. He could have handled this in a much nicer way, and failed to do so. That, to me, speaks volumes about his personality. My tip to anyone: DO NOT use this provider. There are great MDs out there, and you deserve better. Who needs unnecessary pains and aches after undergoing a surgery??? It's your body, your health, and your life. Make the right decision.
Dr. Pakula is affiliated (can practice and admit patients) with the following hospital(s).
Olympia Medical Center - Olympic Blvd
Northridge Hospital Medical Center, Roscoe Boulevard Campus
Providence Tarzana Medical Center
Northridge Hospital Med Center Roscoe Campus
Olympia Medical Center
John Muir Medical Center-Concord Campus
27 Years Experience
University of California at San Francisco
Graduated in 1986
Dr. Bradley Pakula accepts the following insurance providers.
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