​Finger Replant

Finger replantation is a surgery to reattach fingers that have been amputated (cut off).The fingers have to be in a condition that would allow replantation.

The goal of replantation surgery after a traumatic incident is successful restoration of function in your fingers, not just simply returning circulation. Traumatic finger injuries can be difficult to reconstruct. With the advancement in surgical techniques, replantation has become more common, and can be performed with great success both aesthetically and functionally. 

These injuries can arise for multiple reasons including trauma, machine injuries, assault or even self-mutilation. An examination of the amputated finger is required to understand the extent of injury and potential for success and useful functional outcome. 

In case of amputation seek immediate help at the 24/7 Emergency and Acute Care Services at The Aga Khan University Hospital. The doctors will assess the condition and refer you to a doctor working with the GI and Surgery Service Line at The Aga Khan University Hospital. 
Your time with your doctor maybe limited, so make sure to prepare for your visit beforehand. Here​ are some tips to help get you started.

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.​​

Please click here​ for some guidelines on “what to do before your surgery”.
Please click here​ for some guidelines on “what to do on the day of your surgery”.

Risks of finger replantation surgery include:​

  • Loss of blood 

  • Loss of muscle control or movement

  • Infection

  • Stiffness

  • Pain, even after surgery

  • Reactions to medications​

Please click here​ for some guidelines on “what to do after your surgery”

The Aga Khan University Hospital offers various support services to help with managing or recovering from the disease or condition. These include but are not limited to nutrition, physiotherapy, rehabilitation, specialized clinics and some patient support groups. Your doctor or nurse will advise you accordingly.

The Aga Khan University Hospital offers financial assistance to those who are in need and fulfil the eligibility criteria. For further information, you can contact the Patient Welfare Department. You can find the contact number of the Patient Welfare Department in the ‘Important Numbers’ section on the website homepage.

The financial counselling staff is available during office hours, at the main PBSD (Patient Business Services Department), to answer your financial queries on treatments’ costs and authorize admissions on partial deposit as per hospital policies allow. The financial counsellor in the emergency room is open 24/7. You can find the contact number of the Patient Business Services in the ‘Important Numbers’ section on the website homepage. ​​

Your doctor and or nurse will give you specific instructions about the prescribed medication. Please ensure that you take or use the prescribed medicine as advised. It can be dangerous to your health if you self-prescribe. Please inform the doctor or nurse beforehand if you have experienced any adverse reactions to any medications in the past. If you experience any symptoms of drug poisoning, overdose or severe reaction please contact the Pharmacy Service at The Aga Khan University Hospital immediately. You can find the contact number of the Pharmacy Services in the ‘Important Numbers’ section on the website homepage.

The information provided on our website is for educational purposes and not intended to be a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. You should always seek the advice of your doctor or other healthcare professional provider.