After the hands have suffered from significant trauma, such as the amputation or sub-total amputation of a single finger or multiple fingers, damage to nerves or damage to blood vessels, specialist plastic surgeon Dr Grant Fraser-Kirk can perform microsurgical replantation to restore function and sensation.
What does microsurgical replantation involve?
A highly precise and complicated surgical procedure, microsurgical replantation involves reconnecting damaged nerves and blood vessels under a microscope. The structures in the hands are complex and require delicate handling, using fine sutures and specialised instrumentation.
In some cases, a tissue transplant from a donated site on another area of the body may be required. This will be dependent on the characteristics and severity of the injury. Due to the detailed and intricate nature of the procedure, some patients may need to undergo multiple procedures over an extended period of time to complete the surgery.
What can I expect during recovery?
After undergoing an extensive and elaborate hand surgery, you may experience pain, swelling, and stiffness. During your consultation, Dr Fraser-Kirk will advise you on how to take care of your hands and how to manage your general health during recovery, so that you can support a sufficient healing process and aid in the rehabilitation of your hands.
Recovery may involve:
- Wearing bandages or a splint
- Taking prescribed pain medication to manage pain and discomfort
- Undergoing hand therapy, which may involve hand exercises, heat therapy, massage therapy, splinting, and nerve stimulation
General recovery instructions:
- Keep incision sites clean to prevent infection
- Stop taking certain medications that can slow the healing process
- Keep the hands elevated above the head to reduce swelling
- Gently move the hands to relieve stiffness and encourage repaired movement
- Do not consume alcohol or nicotine for a specified period of time
- Follow a healthy diet, stay hydrated and get plenty of rest to support your general health during recovery
How much will microsurgical replantation cost?
The costs of hand surgery will depend on the severity of the damage present in the hands, which will influence the complexity, details and length of the procedure. It is difficult to state a general cost for microsurgical replantation, as it is a highly complicated procedure, and the total costs will be different for each patient.
As well as the details of the procedure, costs will depend on anaesthesia fees, surgeon’s fees, hospital fees and whether or not the patient is eligible for a Medicare rebate. Medically necessary procedures are generally covered by Medicare and will require a GP referral.
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What are the risks and complications of hand surgery?
The microsurgical replantation procedure is complex and involves making small sutures on delicate structures within the hand. Therefore, there are potential risks and complications associated with the procedure, that Dr Fraser-Kirk can explain in more detail during your consultation.
The potential risks and complications of hand surgery include:
- General discomfort
- Loss of sensation
- Loss of movement
- Injury to nerves
- Injury to blood vessels
- Blood clots
Adhering to your preparation and recovery instructions can significantly help to reduce the risks of surgery and prevent certain complications from occurring. Most of the listed compilations can be treated with the right medical care. Ensure that you monitor your recovery and report any pain, unusual sensations or signs of infection to your doctor.
Book your consultation with specialist plastic surgeon Dr Grant Fraser-Kirk
The microsurgical replantation procedure requires a high level of training, skill and experience. Dr Grant Fraser-Kirk is a highly experienced specialist plastic surgeon that believes in taking a patient-centred approach, ensuring that patients feel comfortable and supported throughout their surgical journey. A consultation with Dr Fraser-Kirk provides an in-depth assessment of your injuries, important preparation and recovery instructions and a personalised treatment plan.