The ring finger, which has less function, was transferred to replace the severed thumb of a 19-year-old teenager in Konya.
Necmettin Erbakan University (NEU) Meram Medical Faculty Plastic Surgery Department Lecturers Prof. Dr. Bilsev Ince and Prof. Dr. Mehmet Dadacı spent a lot of time on the treatment of the patient who had a serious injury in his hand and broke his thumb as a result of a work accident.
Physicians who operated the 19-year-old patient, who lost most of his hand functions due to the rupture of his thumb, transplanted the ring finger, which had less function, in place of the thumb, after approximately 1.5 hours of surgery.
After 2 hours postoperatively, the patient felt his thumb and was discharged in a way that he could use his hand functions. The operation was published in the scientific journal and entered the literature.
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prof. Dr. İnce told Anadolu Agency (AA) that Meram Medical Faculty Plastic Surgery Clinic has been operating as a microsurgery center for many years.
Indicating that a large number of patients from various provinces of Turkey applied to the clinic and that they provided service to patients whose fingers and arms were severed, İnce stated that they are the second university hospital to receive an arm and face transplant license.
İnce drew attention to the fact that they could not always repair patients with severed fingers.
Explaining that they applied a new technique to the 19-year-old patient, whose thumb was severed, for the preservation of hand functions, İnce said:
“The patient lost his finger as a result of an accident. We had to transplant a finger to replace the lost finger. There was a risk of clotting and losing the finger after microsurgery in toe transplantation. There was no risk in our technique. When we talked to the patient, we decided that this technique would be more appropriate. , we transplanted it to the place of the severed thumb. We successfully performed the transplant, it is functioning well. Our patient is back to work. He is able to do all his fine skills, including writing. He also feels his finger. When you transplant from the foot, the patient does not feel that finger for at least 6 months. but in this technique, he feels his finger about 2 hours after the operation.”
The application was published in the American Journal of Hand Surgery.
Indicating that there is a transfer from the toe and index finger related to thumb transfer in the literature, İnce said, “When we use the index finger, you lose the function of one of the most important fingers of the hand. We transplanted the ring finger, which is the fourth finger that is used relatively less, and it was successful. This was also successful. Published in the Journal of Hand Surgery American Volume.” used his statements.