Replantation A Guide for Home Care
What is Replantation?
Replantation is surgery to reattach an
amputated part, such as a finger, hand, or arm.
This is performed by a plastic surgeon. It may
take 8-10 hours.
1. If you notice your reattached part
becomes bluish or cool, call your
2. Keep the ace or splint dry and clean at all
times. Do not remove the dressing. You
may shower by using a plastic bag to
cover your dressing and taping the bag
3 If you have a pin that you can see, dip a
cotton swab in normal saline solution.
Swab around the pin using the cotton
swab twice a day.
4. Do not move your reattached part until
after therapy is started. This will be many
months after your surgery. You will need
to use your other hand for eating, dressing,
5. Do not smoke. Smoking will impair the
circulation to your replanted part. You
may discuss this with your doctor on your
first clinic visit.
6. Do not eat or drink things with caffeine in
them. It can impair circulation.
7. Do not wear any clothing that may be tight
on your replanted part.
Wear a sling when you are out of bed. Your
reattached part should be elevated above the
level of your heart and across your chest.
When sleeping, rest your reattached part on
top of a stack of pillows. This will help with
Plastic Surgery Clinic: (608) 263-7502
Nights, weekends, and holidays, this number
will give you the paging operator. Ask for the
Plastic Surgery resident on call. Leave your
name and phone number with the area code.
The doctor will call you back.
If you live out of the area, please call:
The Spanish version of this Health Facts for You is #7038.
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
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