Office Procedures

Jun 15, 2014 Issue
Infiltrative Anesthesia in Office Practice [Article]

Learn about the different anesthetic agents and the techniques commonly performed in the office setting, such as local cutaneous infiltration, field blocks, and nerve blocks.

Dec 15, 2012 Issue
Cutaneous Cryosurgery [Article]

Cutaneous cryosurgery refers to localized application of freezing temperatures to achieve destruction of skin lesions. It can be used to treat a broad range of benign and premalignant skin conditions, and certain malignant skin conditions, with high cure rates. Cellular destruction is accomplished b...

Feb 15, 2009 Issue
Evidence for the Use of Intramuscular Injections in Outpatient Practice [Article]

There are few studies comparing the outcomes of patients who are treated with oral versus intramuscular antibiotics, corticosteroids, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or vitamin B12. This may lead to confusion about when the intramuscular route is indicated. For example, intramuscular ceftriaxo...

Oct 15, 2008 Issue
Musculoskeletal Injections: A Review of the Evidence [Article]

Injections are valuable procedures for managing musculoskeletal conditions commonly encountered by family physicians. Corticosteroid injections into articular, periarticular, or soft tissue structures relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and improve mobility. Injections can provide diagnostic informat...

Oct 15, 2008 Issue
Essentials of Skin Laceration Repair [Article]

Skin laceration repair is an important skill in family medicine. Sutures, tissue adhesives, staples, and skin-closure tapes are options in the outpatient setting. Physicians should be familiar with various suturing techniques, including simple, running, and half-buried mattress (corner) sutures. Alt...

May 15, 2004 Issue
Cryosurgery for Common Skin Conditions [Article]

Cryosurgery is a highly effective treatment for a broad range of benign skin problems. With appropriate instruction and supervised experience, family physicians can master the technique quickly. Cryosurgery is best suited for use in patients with light skin and for treatment of lesions in most non-h...

Feb 15, 2004 Issue
Regional Anesthesia For Office Procedures: Part II. Extremity and Inguinal Area Surgeries [Article]

The hand can be anesthetized effectively with blocks of the median, ulnar, or radial nerve. Each digit is supplied by four digital nerves, which can be blocked with injections on each side of the digit. Anterior or posterior ankle blocks can be used for regional anesthesia for the foot. The anterior...

Feb 1, 2004 Issue
Regional Anesthesia For Office Procedures: Part I. Head and Neck Surgeries [Article]

Although local anesthesia usually is used in surgical procedures, field or nerve blocks can provide more effective anesthesia in some situations. In a field block, local anesthetic is infiltrated around the border of the surgical field, leaving the operative area undisturbed. In field blocks, epinep...

Oct 1, 2003 Issue
Air, Air Everywhere [Photo Quiz]

Photo Quiz presents readers with a clinical challenge based on a photograph or other image.

Jun 1, 2003 Issue
The Basic Z-Plasty [Article]

Z-plasty is a plastic surgery technique that is used to improve the functional and cosmetic appearance of scars. With this technique, it is possible to redirect a scar into better alignment with a natural skin fold or the lines of least skin tension. Contracted scars may be lengthened with this tech...

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