Thumb, amputation of

Thumb, amputation of

The thumb is a vital digit that enables humans to perform complex manual tasks, including grasping and holding objects. However, thumb amputation can occur due to various reasons, leading to functional impairment and reduced quality of life. In this response, we will cover the causes, symptoms, types of procedures involved, and diagnosis of thumb amputation.


Types of procedures involved:

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


  • Traumatic injuries, such as a crush or severe cuts
  • Medical conditions, such as cancer or infections
  • Congenital abnormalities or deformities


  • Pain, swelling, and bleeding at the amputation site.
  • Loss of grip strength and difficulty holding objects.
  • Loss of sensation in the affected area.
  • Changes in the shape and appearance of the hand.


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

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