Imagine having pain-free surgery while you are wide awake. At first, you might think that this sounds crazy. Why would anyone want to be awake during surgery? Actually… there are many reasons to want to stay awake.
When I counsel my patients about surgery, many of them express concern about undergoing general anesthesia. Most of them admit to postponing surgical treatment because of their fears. They usually say, “I don’t want to be put to sleep” or “I always get very bad nausea after I wake up.” They want to know, “Is there any other way to do this?”
YES, there is!
Since 2009, I have been using a technique called Wide Awake Hand Surgery for a majority of my hand and wrist patients. Yes, it’s exactly as it sounds. My patients are awake during their operation and do not experience any pain. Certainly, some feel anxious or nervous in the beginning, however, it is amazing how many are pleased with their experience at the end.
There are many benefits to Wide Awake Hand Surgery. In addition to time and cost savings, you can eat and drink up until the time of your operation. You can drive yourself to and from the surgery center without supervision, and in some cases, go back to work. To learn more about Wide Awake Hand Surgery, click here.
If you’re one of my patients and are considering surgery, ask me if this is an option for you.
Dr. Izadi is a hand, wrist, and elbow orthopedic specialist at MD West ONE.