[Heterotopic replantation]

Handchir Mikrochir Plast Chir. 1995 Nov;27(6):315-8.
[Article in German]


In multidigital amputations, it is sometimes better to replant an amputated finger to a different proximal part if a better function can be expected in this position. In our clinical material between October 1991 and March 1994, heterotopic replantation was performed in twelve digits in eleven patients. Three fingers were replanted to the thumb, three to the index, four to the middle, and two to the ring fingers. The functional results were satisfying. The total active range of motion was on an average 24% of a normal finger. Static two-point discrimination was 8.5 mm on an average, and the values for the Semmes-Weinstein test ranged between 3.61 and 6.5. A heterotopic replantation is of special value for primary thumb reconstruction.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Amputation, Traumatic / surgery*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Finger Injuries / surgery*
  • Fingers / innervation
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Nerve Regeneration / physiology
  • Replantation / methods*
  • Sensory Thresholds / physiology
  • Transplantation, Heterotopic