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2021 Dec 22

Hand (N Y)

Proximal Interphalangeal Joint Arthroplasty Using the Wide-Awake Local Anesthesia No Tourniquet Technique.



Proximal interphalangeal joint (PIPJ) osteoarthritis is a common condition that results in pain, stiffness, and loss of function in the affected hand. Proximal interphalangeal joint arthroplasty is an effective treatment option when conservative methods have failed. The wide-awake local anesthesia no tourniquet (WALANT) technique to perform surgery carries advantages such as lack of tourniquet discomfort, reduces the staffing and costs associated with anesthesia and sedation, and allows faster recovery. We aimed to determine whether the WALANT technique was safe and effective in the context of PIPJ arthroplasty.