Tumescent anesthesia

Tumescent anesthesia

Tumescent anesthesia is technique for delivery of local anesthesia that maximizes safety by using pharmacokinetic principles to achieve extensive regional anesthesia of skin and subcutaneous tissue. [Klein, J(2000). "About the Author". Tumescent Technique: Tumescent Anesthesia & Microcanullar Liposuction. St. Louis, Missouri: Mosby, Inc, 2000.] The subcutaneous infiltration of a large volume of very dilute lidocaine and epinephrine causes the targeted tissue to become swollen and firm, or tumescent, and permits procedures to be performed on patients without subjecting them to the inherent risks of local anesthesia and blood loss. [Rudolph H. De Jong. International Journal of Cosmetic Surgery and Aesthetic Dermatology. March 1, 2002, 4(1): 3-7. doi:10.1089/153082002320007412.]

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