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J Plast Surg Hand Surg. 2013 Dec;47(6):481-3. doi: 10.3109/2000656X.2013.787935. Epub 2013 Apr 18.

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

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  • 1Department of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospitals , Prescot Street, Liverpool L7 8XP , UK.


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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