Tumescent Anesthesia For Dermatologic Surgery

Dermatologic Surgery

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1998 Abstract

9807-755 Namias


Namias A, Kaplan B.
Tumescent anesthesia for dermatologic surgery. Cosmetic and noncosmetic
procedures. Dermatol Surg. 1998 Jul;24(7):755-8. PMID: 9693670

Comment in:
Dermatol Surg. 1999 Feb;25(2):152.

Department of Dermatology, Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Israel.


Tumescent anesthesia was originally described by Klein and Lillis for liposuction surgery. Its extension to many other interventions in dermatologic surgery (cosmetic and noncosmetic) has provided a significant contribution in the performance of safe, ambulatory, and simplified procedures.


To demonstrate the validity of the technique in various procedures.


Over the course of 1 year all large reconstruction or cosmetic surgery was performed using tumescent anesthesia. In a total of 242 cases performed, the
advantages and disadvantages of the procedure were analyzed.


Tumescent anesthesia was found to be very effective in achieving adequate anesthesia for performance of the reconstructive or cosmetic procedures. Good patient
compliance was achieved with no serious sequelae.


Tumescent anesthesia is one the most substantial progressions in the field of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, with advantages that by far outnumber the few