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Wide-Awake Hand Surgery

Wide-awake hand surgery is a technique used to treat many common hand conditions, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger and others. This technique allows the surgery to be performed without the use of any general anesthesia, sedation or a tourniquet.

Wide-Awake Hand Surgery

Wide-awake hand surgeries are performed only using local anesthesia, instead of sedation or general anesthesia. This type of surgery is proven to be safe and effective, involving less pain and a quick recovery time. 

During wide-awake hand surgery, our hand surgeon, Matthew L. Drake, MD, uses a combination of lidocaine and epinephrine injected into the surgical site to perform various procedures, such as:

  • Carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel release
  • Tendon repair
  • Ligament repair
  • Fracture repair
  • Joint fusions
  • Thumb arthritis surgery
  • Trigger finger release

There are many advantages for patients who choose this procedure, such as:

  • Painless surgery and less discomfort after surgery
  • Costs associated with this procedure are typically lower
  • No post-operative nausea
  • No risk of general anesthesia
  • No need for an IV
  • No need to stop eating or drinking before surgery
  • No need for a ride home from surgery
  • Can return to work same day, in many cases
  • No need to stop any medications before surgery
  • No need for pre-operative medical clearance

For questions, or to make an appointment with Dr. Drake, please call Olathe Health Johnson County Orthopedics and Sports Medicine - Olathe at 913-782-1148.