During a hand amputation, the hand or fingers are surgically removed.
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Conditions Treated with Hand Amputation:
Hand amputation is utilized to treat serious injury or disease that affects the hand. This can include osteomyelitis, gangrene, atherosclerosis and bone cancer. Severe deformities or injuries to the bones, muscles, nerves and arteries in the hand can also be treated with hand amputation.
There are no comparable non-surgical or surgical alternatives to a hand amputation, although there may be an attempt to treat some diseases with medications first.
Anesthesia with Hand Amputation:
Hand amputation is performed with general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware and asleep during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Hand Amputation:
Possible risks of hand amputation include infection, bleeding and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. Other possible complications include stroke and blood clots. Some patients experience phantom pain in the missing hand or need to adjust to using a prosthetic hand.
Prognosis after Hand Amputation:
The prognosis for a positive end result following hand amputation is good.
Recovery from Hand Amputation:
Total recovery time following hand amputation is about four to eight weeks.