An amputation is the partial or complete loss of a limb or digit. A finger amputation can result from an accidental injury, serious infection, or severe crush injury.


How is a finger amputation performed?

For amputation, a circumferential skin incision should be made at a point distal to the joint to allow for disarticulation of the interphalangeal joint via transection of the flexor and extensor tendons, as well as collateral ligaments and joint capsule.


How painful is a finger amputation?

As fingertips are rich in nerve supply, they are extremely sensitive; hence, finger amputation is extremely painful. The finger may be sensitive to cold and heat for a year or more.

What happens when a finger is amputated?

After an amputation, pain, swelling, and hand stiffness can be problems at first, but gradually improve with time. Scar sensitivity is common and can be improved with scar massage and hand therapy. Some people report an increase in symptoms during cold weather.

How long is recovery after finger amputation?

Complete healing usually takes from 2 to 4 weeks, although stiffness and hypersensitivity may remain longer, depending on the severity of the injury. Larger tissue injury. If your fingertip wound is large and open, there may not be enough remaining skin to heal and cover the open area.