A TECHNIQUE FOR SIMULTANEOUS REPLANTATION OF MULTIPLE AMPUTATED DIGITS AT TAMAI'S ZONE V

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Abstract

A technique for simultaneously replanting multiple digits amputated at Tamai's Zone V is described. Since these multiple amputated digits are connected together, they should be replanted as a single unit. The technique includes applying the pneumatic tourniquet first, debridement, bone shortening, and fixation of all the amputated digits, including tendon repairs, application of vascular clamps before releasing the tourniquet, followed by vascular anastomosis in one-by-one fashion for each digit. The disadvantage of this technique is the difficulty in keeping the digit cool. The advantages are it is a less time-consuming operation, there is reduced blood loss and contamination, and there is a better axial arrangement of the bony framework.

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