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What type of anesthesia is used for hand nerve surgery?

I am a 47 year old male. I want to know what type of anesthesia is used for hand nerve surgery?

6 Answers

Many types! Everything from straight local to a full general anesthetic. It just depends on the surgery.

Harrison B. Solomon, M.D.
Most hand surgeon perform hand surgery under a general or IV sedation. We use local anesthesia which does have the benefit of not requiring any pre-op workup or labs.
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Most people receive a local anesthesia for carpal tunnel surgery, but some may require a block of the entire arm. Few require general anesthesia.
It depends. If it's not a major surgery, sometimes local anesthesia with a conscious sedation cocktail will do. If it entails major repairs, then general anesthesia is required. Discuss this with your doctor(s). 
That really depends upon what kind of "nerve surgery" you are having. That being said, in most cases, surgery of the hand can be done under either local anesthesia with or without sedation, or under a nerve block that numbs up the whole hand and arm. Except for certain complex procedures, most hand surgeries do not require general anesthesia.
Thank you for your question. In most cases, hand nerve surgery such as digital nerve repair, and carpal tunnel release can be done under local anesthesia. That is, local anesthetic is injected into the hand so you do not feel the procedure but remain awake and alert. Occasionally, patients may wish to receive some IV sedation (so they are not aware of what is happening g) as well, but that is optional.

Daniel