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Wide Awake Local Anesthesia No Tourniquet (WALANT) - Turkish Patients' Perspective

Egemen Ayhan, Ozgun Uysal, Mesut Tękman, Cigdem Ayhan.

Abstract
Objectives
Recently, wide awake local anesthesia no tourniquet (WALANT) technique has been rapidly increasing in popularity because of its benefits for surgeons, patients, and institutions. In this study, we wanted to evaluate Turkish patients’ operative experiences with different hand surgery procedures under WALANT.
Methods
There were 138 patients included in this study who were operated under WALANT and accepted to fill a questionnaire during telephone interview. Patients were asked to quantify their pain levels on a numerical rating scale (NRS) and compare the operation to a dental procedure. They were also asked about their expectations and their feelings about re-operation with the same anesthesia method.
Results
The mean age was 43.5 years, and the mean follow-up was 11.2 months. The mean NRS pain score was 2.3 during local anesthetic administration, and it was 1.2 during surgery. Seventy-six percent of responders reported a better operative experience when compared with dental procedures, and 77.5% of them reported a better operative experience than they had expected. Eighty-eight percent of the patients wished to be operated on with the same anesthesia method for any possible operations in the future.
Conclusions
We observed that Turkish patients readily adopted the WALANT technique and were satisfied with their operative experience. We advise WALANT technique for a variety of hand surgery procedures.

Key words: Wide awake hand surgery, WALANT, Patients Perspective, Patients Experience, Tourniquet


 
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Ayhan E, Uysal O, Tikman M, Ayhan C, . Wide Awake Local Anesthesia No Tourniquet (WALANT) - Turkish Patients' Perspective . Hand Microsurg. 2020; 9(2): 81-85. doi:10.5455/handmicrosurg.82785


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Ayhan E, Uysal O, Tikman M, Ayhan C, . Wide Awake Local Anesthesia No Tourniquet (WALANT) - Turkish Patients' Perspective . http://handmicrosurgeryjournal.com/?mno=82785 [Access: August 30, 2020]. doi:10.5455/handmicrosurg.82785


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Ayhan E, Uysal O, Tikman M, Ayhan C, . Wide Awake Local Anesthesia No Tourniquet (WALANT) - Turkish Patients' Perspective . Hand Microsurg. 2020; 9(2): 81-85. doi:10.5455/handmicrosurg.82785



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Ayhan E, Uysal O, Tikman M, Ayhan C, . Wide Awake Local Anesthesia No Tourniquet (WALANT) - Turkish Patients' Perspective . Hand Microsurg. (2020), [cited August 30, 2020]; 9(2): 81-85. doi:10.5455/handmicrosurg.82785



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Ayhan, E., Uysal, O., Tikman, M., Ayhan, C. & (2020) Wide Awake Local Anesthesia No Tourniquet (WALANT) - Turkish Patients' Perspective . Hand Microsurg, 9 (2), 81-85. doi:10.5455/handmicrosurg.82785



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Ayhan, Egemen, Ozgun Uysal, Mesut Tikman, Cigdem Ayhan, and . 2020. Wide Awake Local Anesthesia No Tourniquet (WALANT) - Turkish Patients' Perspective . Hand and Microsurgery, 9 (2), 81-85. doi:10.5455/handmicrosurg.82785



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Ayhan, Egemen, Ozgun Uysal, Mesut Tikman, Cigdem Ayhan, and . "Wide Awake Local Anesthesia No Tourniquet (WALANT) - Turkish Patients' Perspective ." Hand and Microsurgery 9 (2020), 81-85. doi:10.5455/handmicrosurg.82785



MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Ayhan, Egemen, Ozgun Uysal, Mesut Tikman, Cigdem Ayhan, and . "Wide Awake Local Anesthesia No Tourniquet (WALANT) - Turkish Patients' Perspective ." Hand and Microsurgery 9.2 (2020), 81-85. Print. doi:10.5455/handmicrosurg.82785



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Ayhan, E., Uysal, O., Tikman, M., Ayhan, C. & (2020) Wide Awake Local Anesthesia No Tourniquet (WALANT) - Turkish Patients' Perspective . Hand and Microsurgery, 9 (2), 81-85. doi:10.5455/handmicrosurg.82785








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