Introduction: Local anesthesia is the most common form of anesthesia used in cutaneous surgery. Some patients have comorbidities that put them at risk for general anesthesia. Tumescent anesthesia is the technique of injecting a large amount of dilute local anesthesia into the subcutaneous plane of the skin. Tumescent anesthesia can minimize discomfort, aid in hemostasis, and contribute to the ease of closing large surgical defects that would otherwise be challenging. Objective:To discuss the pros and cons of using tumescent anesthesia in dermatologic surgery. Conclusion: Tumescent anesthesia is a viable option that can aid in cutaneous reconstructive surgery, especially when removing tissue in the deeper subcutaneous fat or fascia. Tumescent anesthesia is also associated with good results and few adverse reactions.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Surgical and Cosmetic Dermatology|
|State||Published - Dec 1 2010|
- Mohs surgery
- Skin neoplasms
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