This surgery is performed using either local or general anaesthesia. The ends of the bone have to be shortened and then the surgeon places the finger or "digit" in place and stabilizes the bone with wires or a plate and screws.
The next step is to repair the tendons, and then nerves and blood vessels. This is the most important step in the procedure.
After all repairs have been made, the wound is stitched closed and a bandage known as a bulky dressing is applied. You may need to wear a cast to protect the area from injury.
If you have a partial amputation, part of the finger stays attached to the body by skin, an artery, vein or nerve. In this case, a process called revascularization is used to reattach the finger or toe. The blood vessels need to be reattached to allow the partially amputated limb to live.