Doctors of the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences re-attached two fingers of a nine-year-old boy to his hand, which he lost in an accident, recently. The child is doing well and is recovering after a seven-hour-long surgery.
Shlok Yadav, 9, lost his fingers while playing near an automated saw installed in his house. Unknowingly, he put his hand near the blade, resulting in two fingers of his right hand getting severed completely.
The child was prepared for surgery and the operation began at 2 pm, lasting seven hours at the end of which both fingers were reattached to the stumps in the hand.
Dr Rajeev Agarwal, head, plastic surgery, SGPGI said, “Reattachment is a surgery where the cut finger, hand or any part of the body is surgically re-attached to its place by modern plastic surgery. The technical term for reattachment is replantation.
“It is very important to correctly preserve the cut part. It should be rinsed quickly with water or saline.The part should then be wrapped in wet gauze and put in a sealed plastic bag. This bag should then be placed in ice water/ice to keep the part cool. This is important to slow the process of degeneration in it,” he said.