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Replantation

Posted On: 04-22-2015
Replantation

What is Replantation?

During replantation, a body part that has been severed is surgically reattached. This involves microsurgery to reattach muscles, nerves, tendons and blood vessels in order to restore movement and circulation.

Also Known As:

  • Implant surgery
  • Reimplantation

Conditions Treated with Replantation:

Replantation is utilized to reattach a severed body part.

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to Replantation:

There are no comparable non-surgical alternatives to replantation. A surgical alternative is amputation, where the body extremity is completely removed in order to reduce pain.

Anesthesia with Replantation:

Replantation can be performed under regional or general anesthesia.

Potential Complications from Replantation:        

Possible risks of replantation include infection, bleeding, muscle damage, nerve damage and a negative reaction to the anesthesia that is used. Some patients also experience blood clotting and restricted blood flow. Reattaching the body part can result in recurrent pain and sensitivity to cold temperatures.

Prognosis after Replantation:

The prognosis for a positive end result following replantation is good. The success rate goes up to 90 percent, especially in cases with children or with clean separations.

Recovery from Replantation:

Recovery following replantation can take several months. There are several factors that are involved in a complete recovery, including emotional aspects and the time it takes to restore feeling to the body part.

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