James G. Allen, DO
Location and Office HoursAria Health ICU Dept
Philadelphia, PA 19114
What is regional anesthesia?
Regional anesthesia, which includes spinal anesthesia, epidural anesthesia and peripheral nerve blocks involving the arms or legs, eliminates pain following an injection of local anesthetic medication near large groups of nerves to temporarily block pain signals from reaching the brain. Regional anesthesia can be used for surgery on selected regions of the body, either alone or in combination with general anesthesia. If you need hip or prostate surgery, your anesthesiologist might determine that, in your particular case, epidural or spinal anesthesia may be preferable.
What happens during hand transplant surgery?
Brigham and Women's Hospital answeredThe parts most likely to be reconstructed during a hand transplant include the hand and partial forearm, and in some cases, if necessary, the elbow and arm below the shoulder joint.
One surgical team will work on removing the hand from the donor as another team simultaneously prepares the arm on the recipient. Surgeons will then connect the donor hand's blood vessels to the patient's blood vessels under a microscope to restore blood circulation before connecting nerves and other tissue, such as bone, cartilage and muscles, as needed.
What's the best time of day for surgery?
Anthony Youn, MD, Plastic/reconstructive Surgery, answered
When it comes to preventing possible complications from anesthesia during surgery, it's all in the timing. Find out when it's best to go under the knife by watching this video featuring plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Youn.
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