Office-based surgery (OBS) with wide-awake local anesthesia no tourniquet (WALANT) surgery is a safe and cost-effective care model that is convenient for patient and provider alike. Currently, the practice is growing, but in the majority of North America the ambulatory-care center is still the most common setting for hand surgery. This article discusses the practical issues of implementing OBS with WALANT including clinical setup and workflows for OBS, negotiating payor contracts, and managing liability.
- Office surgery
- practice management
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine