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Patient satisfaction with tourniquet application and local anaesthesia infiltration in carpal tunnel decompression and the relationship with overall satisfaction.

Authors
  • Bidwai, Amit S C
  • Benjamin-Laing, Harry E
  • Shaw, Debbie A
  • Iqbal, Shoiab
  • Jones, William A
  • Brown, Daniel J
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery
Publisher
Informa UK (Taylor & Francis)
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2013
Volume
47
Issue
6
Pages
481–483
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3109/2000656X.2013.787935
PMID: 23596990
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This was a prospective study designed to determine what effect poor tolerance to tourniquet application and local anaesthesia infiltration in open carpal tunnel decompression has on overall patient satisfaction with the surgical procedure. Fifty patients were recruited into the study. Visual analogue scores (VAS) were recorded postoperatively for pain related to tourniquet application, local anaesthesia infiltration and the surgical procedure overall. In terms of the procedure, poor tolerance to the tourniquet and local anaesthetic showed no significant relationship to the overall patient satisfaction (Student t-test). The factors, which are related to satisfaction with carpal tunnel decompression, are discussed.

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