Single-finger amputation is the loss of one finger, either partially or entirely, due to an injury, trauma, or medical condition. It can significantly impact an individual's ability to perform everyday tasks and may require medical attention. In this response, we will cover the causes, symptoms, types of procedures involved, and diagnosis of single finger amputations.


Types of procedures involved:

  • Replantation: a surgical procedure to reattach the amputated finger to the hand.
  • Revision amputation: a surgical procedure to reshape the stump to optimize function and appearance.
  • Prosthetic fitting: the process of fitting and designing a prosthetic finger or hand to replace the missing finger.


  • Traumatic injury, such as accidents, falls, or machinery accidents.
  • Medical conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, or Raynaud's disease.
  • Congenital defects or deformities.


  • Pain and swelling at the amputation site.
  • Numbness or tingling sensation in the affected area.
  • Difficulty moving the finger or hand.
  • Changes in the shape and appearance of the hand.


  • Physical examination: to assess the extent of the injury and the condition of the finger and hand.
  • Imaging tests, such as X-rays, CT scans, or MRI, to evaluate the bone and soft tissue damage.
  • Blood tests to rule out underlying medical conditions that may have caused the amputation.

Note: The single finger amputation ratings are the only applicable ratings for amputations of whole or part of single fingers.

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