Benefits of extremity replantation at HSA

The most significant benefit is that successful extremity replantation allows the patient to retain the arm, hand, or fingers, preserving as much of the injured area’s natural appearance and function. Additionally, replantation significantly improves a patient’s psychological well-being and overall outlook on life. 

What is the extremity replantation process?

Extremity replantation is a complex and intricate procedure that requires precise surgical skills and a highly dedicated medical team. It is a specialized surgical procedure to reattach a severed arm, hand, or finger after a partial or complete amputation. The process typically involves the following stages:

  • Immediate Care: If an accident resulting in limb or digit amputation occurs, immediate medical attention is crucial. Proper first aid and transportation to the emergency room can significantly improve the chances of a successful replantation.
  • Surgical Evaluation: Once at the hospital, our skilled surgeons thoroughly evaluate the amputated limb or digit to determine the viability of replantation. Factors such as the level of injury, tissue condition, and patient’s overall health play a significant role in this assessment.
  • Surgery: If deemed suitable for replantation, the patient undergoes surgery immediately. Our surgeons work meticulously to repair blood vessels, nerves, tendons, and bones, reattaching the amputated extremity back to the body.
  • Post-Surgical Care: Extensive post-surgical care is essential for the replanted extremity to heal successfully. This includes wound care, pain management, and rehabilitation to restore function and movement.

What leads to the need for extremity replantation surgery?

Various types of injuries may necessitate extremity replantation, including:

Traumatic Accidents

Severe accidents involving industrial machinery, power tools, motor vehicle collisions, or high-impact falls can result in traumatic amputations of hands, fingers, arms, or legs, making extremity replantation necessary.

Work-Related Injuries

Certain occupations, such as construction workers, mechanics, and factory employees, are more susceptible to limb or digit amputations due to their work. Extremity replantation can be a vital option for these individuals.

Household Mishaps

Injuries caused by accidents at home, such as mishandling sharp objects, using power tools without proper safety precautions, or incidents involving heavy objects, can lead to traumatic amputations requiring replantation.

Sports Injuries

High-impact sports or recreational activities can occasionally result in severe injuries leading to arm or digit amputations, where replantation may be considered depending on the extent of the damage.

Farming Accidents

Farming-related activities may expose individuals to equipment that poses risks for limb injuries, potentially requiring replantation.

Acts of Violence

Traumatic injuries caused by acts of violence may call for extremity replantation when a patient meets the necessary criteria.

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Candidates for extremity replantation

The eligibility for extremity replantation depends on several factors, including:

  • The nature of the injury
  • The time elapsed since amputation
  • The patient’s health

Prompt medical attention and evaluation are crucial in determining the feasibility of replantation. If you or a loved one has experienced such an injury, immediate medical attention is vital, and our expert surgeons are ready to assess and discuss the possibility of an extremity replantation. Our compassionate and experienced team at Hand to Shoulder Associates is dedicated to providing the highest level of care for patients with amputated extremities. We are committed to helping patients regain function and restore their lives through exceptional surgical skills and personalized care.

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Pioneering extremity replantation in America: HSA

We boast a rich history of pioneering surgical advancements and exceptional patient care. In the 1970s, one of our co-founders performed the first surgical reattachments of upper extremity amputations in Chicago, marking a significant milestone in hand and upper extremity surgery.

Since those groundbreaking beginnings, Hand to Shoulder Associates has grown into one of the Midwest's largest non-university single specialty hand groups. Our main office remains situated in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, allowing us to serve a broad community of patients with unwavering commitment and expertise.

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Extraordinary qualifications

At HSA, we take pride in our team of highly skilled and board-certified surgeons, each of whom holds prestigious certifications from the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Additionally, our surgeons undergo extensive sub-specialization training in upper extremity and microvascular surgery, making them experts in their respective domains.

As leaders in advanced orthopedics and microvascular surgery for upper extremities, we remain steadfast in our commitment to excellence and patient-centered care. Hand to Shoulder Associates is not just a practice but also a center of expertise and compassion where patients can confidently seek treatment and support for their hand and upper extremity conditions.

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