Incorporating Office-Based Surgery Into Your Practice With WALANT

Emily Tan, H. Brent Bamberger, James Saucedo

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)977-981
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Hand Surgery
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2020


  • Office surgery
  • practice management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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