Replantation of Avulsively Amputated Thumb: A Report of 15 Cases

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Since 1978 a series of 15 avulsively amputated thumbs were replanted with survival of the replantation in 14 patients. Good restoration of sensory and motor functions for these patients eradicates the old concept that replantation for avulsively amputated digits is contraindicated or a poor risk.We emphasize the importance of proper management of the transfer technique of the severed tendons, nerves, and blood vessels during the replantation. Details are described. The only failure was a result of technical faults. We conclude that replantation of an avulsively amputated thumb is worthwhile and will be beneficial to the patient.

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