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Wide-Awake Local Anesthesia for a Proximal Humerus Fracture: A Case Report.

INTRODUCTION: Over the past two decades, wide-awake local anesthesia no-tourniquet (WALANT) surgery has gained substantial popularity, challenging conventional assumptions regarding the safety of epinephrine. This report investigates the unprecedented expansion of the wide-awake local anesthesia technique beyond hand surgeries. It meticulously documents its successful application in a peri-implant proximal humerus fracture, presenting a fresh perspective on its safety and viability for managing intricate orthopedic injuries.

CASE REPORT: The subject of this study is a 61-year-old HIV-positive male with a history of recurrent falls, seeking treatment for a peri-implant proximal humerus fracture. Electing the wide-awake local anesthesia option due to financial constraints, the patient underwent a successful surgery. The technique employed involved precise administration of local anesthetic, facilitating fracture reduction, and plate replacement. Notably, the emphasis was placed on active patient participation during intraoperative assessment.

CONCLUSION: This report extends the recognized utility of WALANT surgery beyond hand surgeries, demonstrating its versatility and potential transformative impact on health-care delivery. The study underscores the pivotal role played by wide-awake local anesthesia surgery in addressing challenges related to health-care accessibility. It presents a promising avenue for future orthopedic interventions and positions itself as a safe and viable option for patients in underserved areas globally.

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