Lessons Learned in the Authors' First Years of Wide-Awake Hand Surgery at the W Hospital in Korea.
Wide-awake local anesthesia no tourniquet (WALANT) is a promising development for surgeons and patients through improved operation outcomes in hand and wrist surgery. The authors have mostly used WALANT for flexor and extensor tendon repair, tenolysis, and tendon transfer. Its application at W Hospital in korea has bolstered surgeon confidence in tendon repair integrity, gliding ability, and transfer tension via direct observation and patient feedback. The authors do not use WALANT in complicated tenolysis or in secondary surgeries in previous severe injury situations. The procedure has proven similarly unsuitable in incomplete or complete digit replantation.