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Wide awake local anesthesia no tourniquet (WALANT) refers to an anesthesia technique with low bleeding and complication rates, which enables interventions on the hand in an awake patient without the use of a tourniquet. Bleeding control is achieved through addition of vasoconstrictors to the infiltration solution. Since the motor function of the extremity is not affected, it offers the additional possibility of intraoperative active function testing. The WALANT procedure constitutes an established, effective, easily learnt and resource-sparing technique. The spectrum of surgical possibilities with WALANT is wide and covers nearly all elective and many emergency procedures. Due to multiple advantages in contrast to other regional and general anesthesia procedures, WALANT features an increasing spectrum of surgical applications and practitioners. It is therefore of interest for hand surgeons working both in hospitals and private practices.


Nick Spindler, Stefan Langer, Simon Heister. Implementation of the wide awake local anesthesia no tourniquet (WALANT) type of anesthesia in hand surgery]. Der Orthopade. 2021 May;50(5):415-424

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