Patients' perspective of wide-awake hand surgery: 100 consecutive cases

I. Teo, W. Lam, P. Muthayya, K. Steele, S. Alexander, G. Miller

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    The wide-awake hand surgery (WAHS) technique involves injecting lidocaine with adrenaline for hand surgical procedures that are done without the use of tourniquets, sedation, regional or general anaesthetic. This is a retrospective review of the first 100 consecutive patients who underwent operations using this technique at our centre. The operations included carpal and cubital tunnel decompression, trapeziectomy, tendon transfer, and tenolysis. A questionnaire adapted from Lalonde's previous work on wide-awake surgery was used to assess patients' experiences. Sixty-five percent of the patients responded to the postal questionnaire, the majority reporting a high satisfaction level. Ninety-one percent of responders reported that the operation was less painful or comparable with a procedure at the dentist; 86% would prefer to be wide-awake if they needed to have hand surgery again, and 90% stated they would recommend WAHS to a friend.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)992-999
    Number of pages8
    JournalJournal of Hand Surgery (European Volume)
    Issue number9
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013


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