Replantation and revascularization in acute upper limb amputations the Sheba Medical Center experience

Amir Oron, Batia Yaffe

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Replantation and revascularization in acute upper-limb amputations are well-accepted surgical techniques in hand surgery. All medical staff members treating patients in emergency settings should be familiar with the indications, timetable, setup and transportation of patients rendered suitable for such surgery. While replantation surgery is not considered a simple surgical procedure by any means, viability rates approach ninety percent. The amputated part should be wrapped with gauze soaked in saline, placed in a sterile plastic bag and then put in an ice-filled container. The patient should be transferred to a medical center with a team dedicated to performing replantation procedures, following notification in advance. Time from the initial insult to the initiation of treatment should be minimized. Combined efforts employed by the primary caregivers and the microsurgical team will lead to optimization of patient treatment and improve the final outcome. During the years 1991-2007 a total of 383 upper limb replantation or revascularization procedures were performed at the Sheba Medical Center and are presented in this article.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)668-671
Number of pages4
Issue number8
StatePublished - Sep 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Amputation
  • Microsurgery
  • Replantation
  • Revascularization
  • Upper limb


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