REPLANTATION AND TRAUMATICALLY AMPUTATED FINGERS AND THUMBS
WHAT IS REPLANTATION?
Replantation refers to the surgical reattachment of a finger or thumb that has been traumatically amputated as a result of an accident. The procedure is performed in order to restore function of the damaged finger or thumb.
WHAT DOES THE PROCEDURE INVOLVE?
During the procedure, Dr September will carefully remove any damaged tissue from the affected area before shortening and rejoining the bone ends with pins, wires, plates, or screws. The muscles, tendons, arteries, nerves, and veins are then repaired. In some cases, skin grafts or artificial spacers of bone, skin, blood vessels, and tendons may be required. In the case of a graft, tissue may be taken from the patient's own body if it is possible.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER THE PROCEDURE?
After a replantation procedure, it is important that you keep your hand above the level of your heart in order to increase circulation. Dr September will also recommend that you see a physiotherapist, as physical therapy often forms an important part of the recovery process.