Q. Is there any possibility of full recovery after detachment of severed right hand thumb?

Answered by
Dr. Atul Prakash
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Oct 07, 2014 and last reviewed on: Nov 15, 2018

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Is there any possibility of full recovery after detachment of severed right-hand thumb, if the detached part is found and not fully damaged?



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The recovery depends on multiple factors:

  1. Time since the injury to revascularization (six hours for limbs and up to eight to 10 hours for digits depending on the method of preservation of detached part).
  2. The degree of crushing of both the ends.
  3. Age of the patient (younger the better).
  4. Surgical expertise, as small digital arteries are not easy to repair.

Whatever we do, the normal functions are never achieved. But cosmetically patient has a digit that is scarred usually.

Sometimes, the reattached part is useless and patients demand amputation for better function.

These days, cosmetic implantable prosthesis is a better option and is natural-looking.Consult an orthopaedician and traumatologist online for further help -->

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