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Revascularization of amputated digits; Reattachment of amputated fingers
Special care will be taken while you are in the hospital to make sure blood flows properly to the reattached part. The arm or leg will be kept raised. The room may be kept warm to ensure proper blood flow.
After you are released from the hospital, you may need to wear a cast to protect the part.
Proper care of the amputated part or parts is very important to successful replantation. Under the right conditions, there is a good chance that the surgery can restore the use of the finger or toe. You will need follow-up visits with your health care provider, who will continue checking blood flow in the surgery area.
Children are better candidates for replantation surgery because of their greater ability to heal and regrow tissue.
Replantation of an amputated part is ideally performed within 4 - 6 hours after the injury. However, success has been reported up to 24 hours after the injury if the amputated part has been cooled.
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