Motor vehicle accidents can be traumatic, especially when they result in a life-altering injury, such as amputation.
Traumatic amputation is the loss of a body part as the result of a sudden event, such as a car crash. These injuries usually have a significant impact on a person’s life.
Reattaching body parts after a traumatic amputation
In some cases, it is possible to reattach the body part. This complicated surgical procedure is called replantation.
Replantation is not always possible. If the surgeon does not believe that replantation will restore function to the body part, he or she may recommend against it.
Surgery and recovery
The sooner you receive medical attention, the better your chances of a meaningful recovery.
It is important to preserve blood flow to the reattached area to stimulate nerve regrowth and prevent tissue death. Physical therapy and mobility aids, such as braces, can aid your recovery.
If replantation is not possible, a surgery called revision amputation may be necessary. Revision amputation can help prevent complications, such as bone spurs, that might hinder recovery or make using a prosthesis difficult.
Living with an amputation
Adjusting to life after an amputation can be challenging and costly. In addition to medical bills, you may incur other expenses, such as modifying your home for accessibility or purchasing adaptive equipment that insurance does not cover. If your injury was the result of a car accident, you may be able to recover damages to cover your lifelong expenses.
During recovery, you must not neglect your emotional health. Frustration, anger and grief are all valid feelings that you should discuss with your surgeon or a therapist.
A traumatic amputation can change your life. Prompt medical care and support can increase your chances of a positive outcome.