Replantation outcomes

Clin Plast Surg. 2007 Apr;34(2):177-85, vii-viii. doi: 10.1016/j.cps.2006.11.003.


Replantation aims to restore the amputated part to its anatomical site, preserving function and appearance. Outcome depends on factors intrinsic to the patient and to the nature of the injury. Young patients who have distal, cleanly amputated extremities have the best return of function; multiple levels of injury, crush, or avulsing injuries have less. Patients must be fully informed about the commitment to rehabilitation and the possibility of multiple surgeries needed for best results. Similarly, patient and surgeon expectations should be evaluated and addressed before replantation. Meticulous microsurgical technique, comprehensive occupational therapy, and perseverance are needed for success. Addressing these issues promotes a team rehabilitation to restore function while getting the amputation patient back to productive position in society.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Amputation, Traumatic / surgery*
  • Female
  • Finger Injuries / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Postoperative Complications / epidemiology
  • Prognosis
  • Reconstructive Surgical Procedures / methods*
  • Replantation / methods*
  • Scalp / injuries*
  • Scalp / surgery*
  • Treatment Outcome