Successful Hand Replantation in a Case of Total Avulsion without Vein Graft

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Abstract

Summary:

Replantation is the reattachment of a severed body part, with attempts to restore neurovascular and musculoskeletal integrity, function, and aesthetics. On September 7, 1964, the first extremity replantation—a completely amputated hand—by vascular anastomosis technique was successfully performed.1 Soon after, the first replantation of a complete thumb amputation using microvascular anastomosis in a human was successfully conducted by Komatsu et al.2 in 1968. The overall success rate of limb replantation surgery is around 83.2%.3 The mechanism of injury plays a role in the outcome; guillotine amputations—for example—carry a better prognosis than crush amputations.4 We present a case report of a 36-year-old male patient who presented with a total avulsion of the right hand with multiple fracture levels at the level of trans-carpal, distal radius extra-articulation fracture, and total avulsion of the hand. The patient was managed by a multidisciplinary team who were able to reattach his hand successfully with good functional outcome.

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