How to Improve and Expand What You Do With Minimal Pain Local Anesthesia Injection Mon, Oct 1 1:30-3:00 p.m.

Most plastic surgeons do at least some of their surgery with pure local anesthesia; if only nevus or skin cancer excision.

There are three very solvable common problems with local anesthesia administration by plastic surgeons.

  1. Most surgeons are still hurting patients much more than they need to when they inject local anesthesia.

This course will teach them how to stop doing that, so all the patient feels is the first poke with a 30 or 27-gauge needle, even when numbing large areas such as in facelift surgery, forearm tendon transfers, thigh dermatome skin graft harvesting or forehead flaps. New techniques of blunt tipped filler cannula injection of tumescent local anesthetics enable us to numb very large areas very quickly in 2018.

  1. Many surgeons are also still frequently hurting patients during the surgery part of local anesthesia procedures.

“Top ups” of local anesthesia are all too common. This course will help “top ups” be a “never” event like waking up in the middle of a general anesthetic should be a “never” event.

  1. Many surgeons are having their patients get sedation when local anesthesia would be much safer; especially high risk patients with multiple comorbidities.

This course will show how to inject local anesthesia to convert many commonly sedated procedures to awake procedures with minimal pain local anesthetic injection for high comorbidity risk patients.

At the end of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Inject local anesthesia for large areas so it hurts less than intravenous insertion.
  2. Eliminate the sedation component for many of the procedures they currently sedate to increase safety.
  3. Eliminate the need for “top up” injection of local anesthesia during surgery.
  4. Make many patients much happier by eliminating all of the inconveniences of sedation.
  5. Decrease their complication rate with intraoperative patient education

Accreditation: The American Society of Plastic Surgeons® (ASPS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation: The ASPS designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.