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J Korean Soc Surg Hand. 2011 Mar;16(1):9-17. Korean. Original Article.
Cheon HJ , Ahn HC , Kim KC , Woo SH .
Kim & Woo's Institute for Hand Surgery & Reconstructive Microsurgery, W Hospital, Daegu, Korea. handwoo@hotmail.com
Abstract

PURPOSE: We report the results of replantations which was intentionally delayed for a certain period of time in patients with an amputation of multiple digits, both hands or the single digit presented at night. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Two staged intentianlly delayed replantations were performed in twenty patients. Three patients had amputations of four or more fingers, two had bilateral hand amputations and fifteen had a single digit amputation. RESULTS: The mean warm ischemic time was 3 hours and 58 minutes. The mean cold ischemic time was 2 hours and 36 minutes for the first operation, and 15 hours and 13 minutes for the second operation. Twenty digits out of 28 digits (85%) survived completely. At the mean follow-up of months, functional results according to Chen's criteria were rated as excellent in six patients, good in eight, and fair in five. CONCLUSION: When the patients had multiple finger amputations, bilateral hand amputations or presented late at night, intentional delay of the replantation also provide satisfactory outcomes.

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