Functional Outcome Following Hand and Wrist Level Replantation: A Retrospective Review

Functional Outcome Following Hand and Wrist Level Replantation: A Retrospective Review

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Rahul K. Patil
Hand and Microvascular Surgery, Khoula Hospital, Muscat, Oman


Objective: Amputations of fingers and significant parts of upper limbs are common following industrial injuries. This study was aimed at assessing the functional outcome in patients with hand replantation following amputation at the level of distal forearm or wrist. Methods: Patients presenting with amputation at the level of wrist and forearm between Jan 2015 and December 1018, with adequate follow up were included. The function in terms of total active motion at the fingers and wrist, sensory recovery, and patient satisfaction and DASH scores at the final follow up were noted. Results: Four cases of replantation at the level of wrist and one replantation at distal forearm level were included in the study. A total of 3 patients were excluded for various reasons. The average follow-up period was 38 months. The average total active motion of fingers achieved was 212○ . All patients recovered protective sensations. Conclusion: Replantation of amputated major upper limb parts restores useful function and should be attempted. Minimizing ischaemia time, secure fixation, primary repair of structures and early motion are determinants of reasonable functional outcome. Level of evidence: IV.

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Publication history
Received: Wed 02, Dec 2020
Accepted: Mon 14, Dec 2020
Published: Mon 28, Dec 2020
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DOI: 10.31487/j.SCR.2020.12.25