Monday 26 September 2016

'It’s a really weird feeling' - Surgeons save man's hand from amputation by sewing it into his belly

'It’s a really weird feeling trying to wiggle my fingers inside my body'

Janet Tappin Coelho

Published 03/04/2016 | 09:44

A Brazilian man’s hand has been saved from being amputated by putting it inside a 'pocket' in his belly.
A Brazilian man’s hand has been saved from being amputated by putting it inside a 'pocket' in his belly.

Ingenious surgeons have helped save a Brazilian man’s hand from being amputated by putting it inside a 'pocket' in his belly.

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Dr Brandao said medics decided to perform an immediate “salvaging” procedure because “if we can save a hand we always try to find a way to do so.”

He explained: “In order to keep the wounded hand alive, we opened the abdomen, took off the skin and put it inside the cavity to protect it.

"The patient’s hand must stay in the pocket for about 42 days to ensure it develops new tissue and tendon material which is capable of receiving a replanted skin graft.”

Weekly check-ups will monitor the progress of the treatment and whether the hand is on the mend.

However, the doctor warned: “Mr Mariotti will suffer impaired function as he will not get all the movement back in his hand.

“But he will have a working hand and will be able to do the pincer movement. At least this is a better quality of life compared to having an amputated hand,” he said.

(© Independent News Service)

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