Local Anesthesia Versus General

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The Fitzmaurice Hand Institute is changing the way patients in Arizona look at hand and wrist surgery. Our revolutionary EndoTech® system actually eliminates the need for general anesthesia in most circumstances. This will certainly benefit both your wallet and your body.


By using local anesthetic, patients avoid a costly component for surgery: the anesthesiologist’s fee. This can be a significant savings, and make procedures more accessible to our patients. Furthermore, general anesthesia requires the need for preoperative lab work. The time and money associated with obtaining blood tests can be both inconvenient and expensive.

Side Effects

Localized anesthesia eliminates most of the side effects associated with general anesthesia and patients avoid many of the corresponding inconveniences as well.

  • Patients won’t experience the groggy feeling associated with general anesthesia.
  • Patients can leave immediately following surgery without having to wait for anesthesia effects to wear off.
  • Unlike general anesthesia, no fasting is required for local procedures. You can eat as normal before and afterwards.
  • Patients are able to drive themselves home immediately following an endoscopic procedure, utilizing local anesthetic.


Having general anesthesia usually means no local anesthetic is used. When the patient wakes up, they will feel pain almost instantly as the surgical site has not been numbed. As the brain becomes more alert after surgery, it will start registering pain at the site of incision more and more. Local anesthetic numbs the surgery site, so less pain medication will be required following the procedure.


General anesthesia can have adverse effects on patients with cardiac and respiratory issues. General anesthesia suppresses normal body functions such as breathing, blood circulation and throat reflexes. The process also utilizes a endotracheal tube in the patient’s throat, potentially resulting in problems with breathing and swallowing, which can accompany the removal of the tube. Adverse reactions are a very real concern as well. Even patients with no family history of allergic reactions to anesthesia face the possibility of experiencing significant complications.

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