Amputation is the complete removal of an injured or deformed body part. An amputation may be the result of a traumatic injury or may be the result of a planned operation where the finger must be removed. Some traumatically amputated fingers may be replanted or reattached, but in some cases, reattachment of the amputated finger is not possible or advisable. Conditions, such as a tumor, may require that a finger be surgically amputated to preserve a person’s health.

During surgery, Dr. Jason D. Johnson must safely remove the injured body part, while prepping the amputation site for future prosthetics. The skin, muscles, bones and nerves must be treated very carefully to make sure the patient will be comfortable when the time comes for prosthetics. Dr. Jason D. Johnson will determine the length of the remaining body part based on medial and prosthetic factors.


Patient History and Examination

Dr. Jason D. Johnson can make an amputation diagnosis after a complete physical examination and review of medical history. Dr. Jason D. Johnson may obtain x-rays or other imaging studies to assess the damage to your finger/hand.

Amputation Recovery

For the first couple of weeks, you should expect some pain, which is controlled with pain medications. While you are healing, Dr. Jason D. Johnson will tell you how to bandage and care for the surgical site and when to return to the office for follow-up care. You may be given exercises to build your strength and range of motion. You may be asked to touch and move your skin to desensitize it and to keep it mobile.

Finger and Hand Prosthetic

In today’s times, patients are fortunate enough to be eligible for prosthetics. Prosthetics increase functionality by restoring length to a partially amputated finger or hand. Increasing length of the finger allows patients to hold objects between the thumb and affected finger again. An electric or mechanical hand prosthetic might be given to a patient who has experienced a hand amputation above the wrist.

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