Friday, September 03, 2010
Interesting, no? I saw this patient recently for "phantom limb pain", a bit of a misnomer in this case as the "phantom limb" here is where the ring finger used to be. This patient had a pneumatic drill injury to his ring finger, and even though the finger was viable from a neurovascular standpoint, the surgeon could not repair the bones and tendons well enough to make it anything other than a nuisance. Above you see the result of the surgery which removed the useless finger and created a functional hand. For his part, aside from having some phantom pain, the patient is quite happy with the result. He says he only rarely notices the absence of the finger.
Posted by 911DOC at Friday, September 03, 2010