Replantation

Replantation from Norman Weinzweig, MD, FACS

By: Norman Weinzweig, MD, FACS  10/29/2015
Keywords: Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Surgeon

Replantation is the surgical reattachment of a finger, hand or arm that has been completely severed from a person’s body. This involves bone, tendons, nerves, arteries and veins. Often, this is not possible when the amputated part is too badly damaged. Blood flow must be re-established through the arteries and veins in order for the amputated part to survive. Even if the amputated part survives, it doesn’t matter unless useful function is restored. Restoration of function depends upon the severity of injury as well as the combined efforts of the surgeon, therapist and patient. The best efforts and intentions of the patient and occupational therapist can be thwarted by poor compliance on the part of the patient. In the case of an unsuccessful replantation, completion amputation with or without a prosthesis may be an option. A prosthesis can look almost identical to the amputated part, provide excellent function and, often, both.

Keywords: Hand Injury, Hand Surgeon, Hand Surgery, Plastic Surgeon, Plastic Surgery, Surgeon, Surgery

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