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Is regional anesthesia administered for hand surgery?

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Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: Anesthesia can be local, i'v sedation, regional or general.
Dr. Kirk Churukian
Plastic Surgery 35 years experience
Nerve blocks : If the surgery is limited to fingers a simple anesthetic block at the wrist can be utilized very effectively. For more involved surgeries, an anesthetic block near the shoulder or infusion of local anesthetic into the veins of the hand and arm (bier block) can be performed. Sometimes even with these blocks a light general anesthetic or deep sedation is required.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 30 years experience
Surgeon dependent: The use of regional anesthesia varies from decade to decade. We are currently in an age where more and more cases are done under regional anesthesia. The advantages are that there is less anesthetic used, and the patient needs less pain medication after the operation because of the block. Talk to your surgeon and anesthesiologist about your options.
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 35 years experience
Yes regional: Anesthesia is often used for hand surgery. In addition we will have a seizure is often used for postoperative pain.

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Is it normal to use regional anesthesia for hand surgery?

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Dr. Julian Goldman
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Regional or local: Depending on the surgery, surgeon, and anesthesiologist, hand surgery may be performed under local or regional anesthesia. If local, the surgeon will inject local near the incision site. An intravenous regional anesthetic (bier block) is performed by injecting local into the arm veins after an arm tourniquet is inflated. Or, a nerve block is performed with local injected near nerves in neck or arm.

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