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Amputation and replantation

Alonso Peña D, Arnaiz García E, Rodríguez Mateos JI

Servicio de Cirugía Plástica. Cirugía Cardiovascular. Hospital Universitario Río Hortega. Valladolid, Spain.

Amputations due to accidental trauma have become more common in today's world of
frequent travel, use of heavy machinery, and the practice of high-risk sports. An
understanding of how to handle amputations or severely damaged limbs has therefore
become increasingly important, so that reimplantation remains a viable treatment
option. Reimplantation of an amputated segment is considered a true emergency
procedure in which timing plays a key role. All personnel involved in such procedures
must coordinate their actions perfectly, starting at the moment of providing first aid at
the scene of the accident, and continuing with transfer to a hospital, emergency care on
arrival, surgery, rehabilitation, etc. All will contribute to the final outcome in important
ways. The aim of this update is to review current knowledge related to this type of injury.

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