Digital replantation has become a well-established technique among reconstructive hand surgeons. Numerous replantation centers around the world have published series with impressive survival rates. The ultimate goal of replantation is the restoration of normal hand or digital function; thus, replantation success is not solely related to the outcome of the microvascular anastomosis, but also to the adequacy of bone, tendon, skin, and nerve repairs. In this manuscript, we review the literature on upper extremity and digital replantation from its historical background to current surgical outcomes, outlining surgical indications and contraindications, and the preoperative, operative, and postoperative management of these patients.
- Upper extremity
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine