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Finger Amputation

Finger Amputation Surgery: Dallas Plastic and Hand Surgeons Dr. David and Solomon Azouz explain the treatment 

Dallas Plastic and Hand Surgeon Dr. David and Solomon Azouz review Finger Amputation:
symptoms, surgical, non-surgical treatment, cost, insurance, and recovery.

What is a finger amputation?

A finger amputation surgery is a complete or partial loss of a finger from the hand due to a traumatic injury. In most cases, the finger is cut with a knife, saw, or crushed in machinery. It can involve the entire finger or even part of a finger.

When does a finger amputation require surgery?

Finger amputations will require surgery to regain the function of the hand and to prevent infection. Dr. Azouz will review the x-ray images to check the alignment of the bones. In some cases, the amputated finger cannot be reattached, but the remaining finger stump must be repaired to maximize the function of the hand and to prevent infection.

How is surgery for a finger amputation performed?

The specific procedure will depend on the injury. Dr. Azouz will remove fractured boney fragments and will revise nerves, tendons, muscles, and blood vessels as necessary. He can either re-attach a partial amputation or close a complete amputation, depending on the extent of the injury. If there is a complete amputation, he will carefully manage the remaining skin, nerves, bones, muscles, and tendons for optimal function of the hand.

When does a finger need to be amputated?

Loss of all or part of a finger due to crush or multilevel cut

Finger is not available

Finger has been missing for too long

Residual finger is too damaged for reattachment

What is the anesthesia for a finger amputation surgery?

Dr. Azouz uses sedation and an axillary block for the majority hand surgeries. Patients are sedated in a deep sleep to help them relax. The axillary block will help with numbing the arm and control pain for up to 24 hours.

What is the cost of a finger amputation surgery?

As with any surgery, costs can range considerably. Dr. Azouz will obtain a medical history and perform a physical examination to determine the cost. If a finger amputation is a result of a work-related injury, workers’ compensation carriers usually cover the cost of surgery.


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What is the recovery from a finger amputation surgery?

After a finger amputation, recovery can be difficult but is crucial for optimal improvement. It is important to rest and elevate the hand to help reduce swelling. Dr. Azouz will see his patients after the procedure to assess when they can start hand therapy to help with sensitivity and range of motion. Many people report nerve regeneration pain after the surgery, and Dr. Azouz can prescribe medications to help with the pain. Dr. Azouz will also determine when patients can be fitted for a prosthesis.

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Dr. Azouz's Locations

Dr. Azouz has privileges at a variety of hospitals and emergency rooms throughout the DFW metroplex including Dallas, Fort Worth, Richardson, Plano, Flower Mound, Addison. Patients frequently travel to see Dr. Azouz from Frisco, Allen, Mckinney, Arlington and Rockwall. It is not uncommon for patients to even travel from across Texas including East Texas (Tyler, Longview), West Texas (Midland, Odessa) and central Texas (Waco, Austin) to see Dr. Azouz.

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