What is Wide Awake Hand Surgery?
Wide awake hand surgery is surgery of the hand and wrist that is done without sedation, without a tourniquet, and without general anesthesia.
This new surgical approach involves injecting local anesthetic around specific nerves in the hand and wrist. There is no need for general anesthesia, hospitalization, and the associated risks, expenses, and inconveniences. Immediately after wide awake hand surgery, you can simply walk out of the operating room, go home or back to work - just like you would after a dental procedure.
As patients seek to minimize their medical costs and time away from work, wide awake hand surgery is in higher demand. The technique is safe, effective, efficient, and cost-effective, and results in high patient and surgeon satisfaction.
How is it different from other anesthesia?