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Sometimes a patient’s thumb,<br>finger or even the entire hand can be accidentally amputated. Replantation is a surgical reattachment of a finger, hand or<br>arm that has been completely cut off from a person’s body.
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Working with heavy machinery places the fingers and hands at risk of severe injury. Sometimes a patient’s thumb, finger or even the entire hand can be What is replantation surgery? The do’s Wrap the digit or limb in a sterile dry gauze accidentally amputated. Replantation is a surgical reattachment of a finger, hand or arm that has been completely cut off from a person’s body. The goal of replantation surgery is to give the patient back as much use of the injured limb as possible. There are a number of steps in the replantation process. First, the thoroughly cleaned. The bone ends are shortened and rejoined with pins or plates. This holds the detached part in place and Place it in a clean plastic bag and secure the bag tightly What are the steps in replantation surgery? amputated part is allows rest of the tissues to be restored to a normal position. Then the muscles, tendons and nerves are repaired. Finally, blood circulation is restored by joining the tiny blood vessels under the magnification of microscope. Then place the bag into a second plastic bag containing ice cubes. Secure both the bags together with their ends upright Smoking circulation and may cause loss of blood flow to the replanted part. Therefore, it must be avoided at precipitates poor Is there anything to be taken care of in the process? The don’ts any cost. Age also plays a crucial role in recovery. Younger patients have the tendency to recover faster. Never allow the amputated digit or limb to be in direct contact with ice or water Never keep it in the freezer compartment of a fridge If in doubt, contact your nearest medical officer immediately First aid should be administered to the affected person as well as the amputated part. The primary goal is to ensure the survival of the person. An amputation is an What is the first aid management for an amputated finger or limb? Replantation is not always possible. Sometimes the severed part is too badly crushed or damaged to be reattached. Surgery microsurgical expertise and special equipment. Is replantation always possible? emergency; so call an ambulance! An amputated part also needs to be treated carefully to maximize the chances of success in replantation surgery. requires exceptional Therefore, replantation is possible only in highly specialized centres. Complete healing of the injury and surgical wounds is only the beginning of a long rehabilitation How long is the recovery process? process. Physiotherapy plays a key role in the recovery process. Even after someone has recovered, the person may not be able to function normally as before. It takes a long time to regain sensation in the affected part, so it’s important to safeguard the replanted part from injury or inadvertent burns.