Dr. William J. Rea is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. His surgical background spans 40 years of surgical procedures involving many patients who possessed chemical sensitivities. Therefore, the Environmental Health Center is a leader in the field of understanding and developing correct surgical protocol for the chemically sensitive. This knowledge encompasses:
- operating room
- hospital room
- implant materials
- suture materials
- local anesthetics
- general anesthesia
- skin preparation solutions
- surgical tapes
Antibiotics, pain medications, and content of IV solutions are determined by knowledge of your individual sensitivities.
Care must be exercised in making excessive demands of the hospital’s operating procedures and its staff. Most hospitals will be understanding of your needs if they are presented in a spirit of compromise. Realistic alternatives to standard protocol must be presented. You may be denied access to the hospital of your choice if the hospital feels you present a treatment risk to them.
In many instances the hospital will allow you to use your own linens and pillow. Some even allow you to bring an air purifier. Some sensitive patients find isolation rooms acceptable.
The Environmental Health Center-Dallas can assist you in making correct choices in regard to your surgery.
The Environmental Health Center-Dallas: can through intradermal skin testing enable you to make wise decisions in regard to local anesthetics, sutures, surgical dressing content, antibiotics, pain medications, and content of IV solutions.
The Environmental Health Center-Dallas: can provide you expert advice and guidance in the choice of general anesthesia.
The Environmental Health Center-Dallas: can through intradermal skin testing provide correct choices for implant metals and materials, pace maker content and leads, and choice of surgical mesh.
The Environmental Health Center-Dallas: can successfully guide you in the discussion of your environmental and surgical needs with the hospital.
The Environmental Health Center-Dallas can and will assist you in creating an environment in which successful surgery can be performed and a pleasant hospital stay can be achieved.