TYPE OF SURGERIES

Birth defects

Burns related deformities

Accidents/Trauma Injuries

Swellings on any part of the body

Nerve Disorders

Miscellaneous

Aesthetic

Orthopedic

Amputated Thumb

  • Amputated Thumb

Description of disability:

The function of the thumb is critical to overall hand function, uniquely endowed with anatomical features that allow circumduction and apposition. The thumb is the most important digit for the pinch and grasp function of the hand.Indeed it contributes approximately 40% of hand function. 

The goal of thumb reconstruction is to restore function, as well as to provide the hand with an acceptable appearance and to keep donor-site morbidity to an acceptable level. The level of amputation determines the reconstruction plan. The predicted outcome of surgery generally favors reconstruction when an amputation has occurred distal to the MCP joint and has therefore left the first web space, as well as the thenar muscles (including their insertions), preserved.

Treatment:

A new thumb was fashioned out of a roll of skin from the groin, a piece of bone inserted into it and sensation imparted to it from a flap raised off the middle finger. The reconstructed thumb is sturdy, is sensate and capable of holding heavy objects.

Post operative care 

Routine rest, elevation and immobilization of the part, using an arm sling always when upright aids in good healing which takes about a month and a half.


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