Accidental Amputation Reattachment Surgery

Jul 26, 2013 by

Accidental amputations are a common gag in cartoons that can always be easily fixed by some tape, glue, or simply moving on to the next scene. However, when these happen in real life, it’s much more traumatic and much less simple to repair. The website of Williams Kherkher, categorizes accidental amputation as a “catastrophic injury”, because of the likelihood of long-term health problems and severely harms the quality of the victim’s life.

The successful reattachment of amputated limbs is a relatively recent medical achievement, first accomplished by surgeons at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1962, when a young boy lost his right arm in a train-hopping accident. In a complicated series of intricate surgeries, including the microsurgery required to reconnect blood vessels and nerves, Everett Knowles’s arm was successfully reattached with full range of use eventually returned.

The success rate of such surgeries is still not 100 percent because the viability depends on what body part was amputated, the condition of the amputated part, the time since the amputation and receiving medical care, and the general health of the injured person, as listed in an article by WebMD. In general, full nerve regeneration has been one of the toughest roadblocks in successful reattachment, but ongoing research continues to improve the outlook for accidental amputation victims.

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