Wide-awake hand surgery (WAHS) is now an established technique that has been proven to be safe and effective. It uses local anaesthetic mixed with adrenaline to make it possible to perform hand surgery without the use of tourniquet.
The benefits of WAHS:
- No tourniquet (hence no tourniquet pain)
- No sedation (hence no nausea)
- No fasting required
- Quick recovery (you may go home immediately after the procedure)
- In certain conditions, it allows assessment of active finger movement during the procedure, which ultimately will translate into better functional outcome
However not every patient nor every condition is suitable for this technique. Mr Ng will personally assess your condition and advise if you are suitable for WAHS.