Surgical procedure after an accidental hand amputation

  • Figure 1

    Figure 1

    X-rays show the amputated appendage after arrival in the trauma bay

  • Figure 2

    Figure 2

    Truncated forearm of the patient

  • Figures 3 & 4

    Figures 3 & 4

    Posteoperative x-ray showing the radius and ulna stabilized with plate and screw fixation

  • Figures 5 & 6

    Figures 5 & 6

    Five-month follow-up shows arm extension after repair (Figure 5) and a subsequent x-ray (Figure 6).

  • Figures 7 & 8

    Figures 7 & 8

    Clinic visit seven months postoperatively shows hand flexion (Figure 7) and follow up x-ray (Figure 8).

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A woman is rushed to the ­emergency department after severing her hand in a woodworking accident at home. Read the full Clinical Challenge by Pamela Horn, MS, CNP, ONP-C, and Lawrence Lubbers, MD, here.

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