Hand & Wrist Surgery In The Office
A convenient alternative is available to the operating room for many common hand problems that require surgical treatment, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, cyst/mass removal, tendonitis, and other procedures. Washington University Plastic Surgeon Kelly Currie, MD, performs Wide Awake Local Anesthesia No Tourniquet (WALANT) hand procedures, which have been proven to be a safe alternative when compared to the traditional operating room setting and have no increase in complication rate.
The WALANT technique is a patient-centered method of surgery that uses only local anesthesia and does not involve a tourniquet, so it can be done in the office setting. This technique produces high patient satisfaction due to improved patient convenience and usually quicker access than can be offered by the operating room. There is no need for IV sedation or general anesthesia, which eliminates their associated risks. Additionally, there is no need to fast before surgery, so the patient can eat their regular breakfast/lunch before surgery. There is no need to stop any of their medications either, including blood thinners. Another benefit is the patient will know how the surgery went when they leave the office, instead of having to wait until their postop visit.
Contact Plastic Surgery at 314-362-7388 to schedule a consultation for your hand/wrist condition today.
Conditions Treated with WALANT
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Trigger Finger
- Ganglion Cysts
- Mass Removal
- Dupuytren’s Injections and Manipulations
- Tendon Repairs
- Some Fracture Repairs
- Other Procedures