Introduction: Because we have a limited number of surgeries performed under general anesthesia, implant removal after plate fixation for clavicular fracture is often performed under local anesthesia. However, it is unclear whether local anesthesia or general anesthesia is preferred. Therefore, we conducted a questionnaire survey of patients who had undergone implant removal surgery under local or general anesthesia after clavicle fracture surgery to assess their impressions of each procedure and which anesthesia they would prefer if they were to undergo plate removal in the future. Materials and methods: A questionnaire survey was conducted on 239 patients. Fifty-six patients who had undergone plate fixation of a clavicle fracture in whom plate removal was conducted under local anesthesia in a university hospital, and one hundred and eighty-three patients in whom plate removal was conducted under general anesthesia in a general hospital. All participants had undergone plate fixation for clavicle fractures under general anesthesia. The participants were asked to complete a questionnaire including a question on which method of anesthesia they would prefer should they have to undergo similar surgery in the future. Results: The patients of both groups responded that they would prefer the same method of anesthesia as before to be used (87.1 % of the patients who underwent plate removal under local anesthesia, 78.9 % of the patients underwent plate removal under general anesthesia), with no significant difference between the groups (p > 0.33). Conclusions: Patients who underwent surgery under local anesthesia preferred local anesthesia if they were to undergo it next, even though most of them felt some pain. Though surgeons tend to focus only on the patient's distress during surgery, they also find that patients are often dissatisfied during the perioperative period, including bed rest and urinary catheters. Although clavicle plate removal may be performed under general anesthesia in many cases, it may be worth considering plate removal under local anesthesia to use general anesthesia surgery effectively, which is limited due to financial problems and facilities. Plate removal under local anesthesia was just as acceptable as general anesthesia for the patients.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Emergency Medicine
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine