Year : 2020  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 24-26

Parotidectomy with local anesthetics: a viable option in medical outreach in a resource poor setting

1 Department of Surgery, Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, Nigeria
2 Department of Surgery, Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital; Department of Surgery, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, Nigeria
3 Division of Paediatric Surgery, Department of Surgery, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Nigeria
4 Department of plastic surgery, National Orthopaedic Hospital, Enugu, Nigeria

Correspondence Address:
MBBS, FWACS Charles Chidiebele Maduba
Department of Surgery, Alex Ekwueme University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki P.M.B 102, Ebonyi State
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/njps.njps_1_20

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Background: Parotidectomy has been traditionally done with general endotracheal anaesthesia mostly in tertiary institutions where there is adequate anaesthetic manpower. A lot of patients with parotid masses presents to other cheaper healthcare providers including medical outreaches where there is paucity of both anaesthetic manpower and gadgets. Aim: To share our experience in parotidectomy using local anaesthetics in medical outreaches where there is inadequate support of anaesthetic personnel and gadgets. Method: Patients counseled for parotidectomy had local anesthetic infiltration and nerve block with 1% ligdocaine in 1:100,000 adrenaline. Lazy-S incision was used starting pre-tragally down to the angle of the mandible. Branches of the facial nerve were gently separated from the mass which is delivered to the wound and shelled out. Wounds were closed in layers without drain. Conclusion: Parotidectomy with local anaesthetic agents is a safe option especially in settings of medical outreaches in resource poor countries with limited anaesthetic manpower and gadgets. The safety of surgery on day case basis and avoidance of use of hardly available nerve stimulator all the more make it an appealing alternative.

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