Wide-awake local anesthesia surgery can be performed for a number of conditions in the hand, including:
For patients, there are several key benefits to wide-awake local anesthesia hand surgery versus the traditional general anesthesia method.
“Wide-awake surgery has the benefits of not requiring any sedation or general anesthesia,” Dr. Kam explains. “Therefore, the patient doesn’t have to fast and they can continue taking all their medications as normal without interruption.”
This can be especially beneficial for patients with comorbid conditions who rely on a diet and medication schedule to stay healthy, such as diabetics.
Since they are not “going under” with general anesthesia, patients are able to drive themselves to and from the procedure. For older patients, fully recovering from general anesthesia can be a long and difficult process. With the local anesthesia technique, they can avoid the residual “fogginess” associated with general anesthesia recovery.