Beginning in February 2018, Dr. Nathan Douglass and Dr. Michael Redler, the hand and wrist specialists at The OSM Center, will begin to utilize a safer alternative to traditional hand and wrist surgeries, known as “Wide Awake” surgery. Unlike traditional procedures that require patients to undergo general anesthesia, Wide Awake procedures require only the use of a local anesthetic and thus eliminates the risks commonly associated with general anesthesia such as nausea, drowsiness and needing to fast before surgery. Prior to the procedure, a local anesthetic is injected only into the surgical area so that the patient can remain awake and alert. Following the procedure, only a few small sutures or bandages are needed and the patient can return home shortly after the procedure.
Dr. Douglass and Dr. Redler will be treating patients with carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger syndrome, cysts and other conditions with this newer and safer type of procedure. In fact, these procedures require only the use of a single needle to numb the surgical area and, in most cases, take under 30 minutes to perform. This not only minimizes surgical time and risk of infection, but allows patients to return home far faster than traditional procedures. Additionally, these awake procedures can reduce the overall cost to the patient as no anesthesia fees are billed and no pre-surgical clearance is needed.
About Dr. Michael Redler
Dr. Michael Redler is a founding partner of The Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center. He specializes in sports medicine as well as hand and upper extremity surgery. Dr. Redler attended medical school at the University of Connecticut. He did his residency training, including Chief Residency year, at the University of Virginia, where he also completed his Fellowship training in sports medicine and upper extremity with one of the godfathers of sports medicine, Dr. Frank C. McCue, III. Currently, Dr. Redler is a visiting Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics at the University of Virginia. In addition, he is an Assistant Professor at Sacred Heart University for the Departments of Athletic Training and Physical Therapy. Dr. Redler is also an Assistant Professor at the Frank H. Netter School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University. Additionally, Dr. Redler is the head team physician for Sacred Heart University and all of their 32 Division I varsity teams.
About Dr. Nathan Douglass
Dr. Nathan Douglass specializes in hand, wrist, elbow and nerve surgery in addition to orthopedic trauma. Dr. Douglass earned two Bachelor of Science degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, double-majoring in Chemical Engineering and Biology. He received his M.D. from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Douglass completed internship, orthopedic surgery residency, and served as Chief Orthopedic Resident at Stanford University, Stanford, CA. Dr. Douglass completed the Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery Fellowship at Stanford University, training under hand surgeons from the Orthopedic and Plastic Surgery Departments.