In Safe Hands
Salvaging a Nearly Amputated Finger
46 year old Santosh Shetty was driving his bike on a highway on
the day of Makar Sankranti, when the string (Chinese manja) of a
fl ying kite coated with powdered glass entangled his neck. He refl exly
brought his hand in front of his face to save himself and what followed
was profuse bleeding from his middle fi nger which was nearly
amputated. A passerby helped him ride the bike and took him to a
nearby hospital, where he was given fi rst aid and was then referred
to Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital. On examination it was found
that all the tendons, nerves and arteries of his middle fi nger were cut
and the fi nger was not viable. Except for bone and a small part of the
skin, all the structures had been cut.
The patient was immediately operated upon in emergency setting
by the Plastic Surgery team of Nanavati Hospital led by Senior
Consultant Dr. Anshuman Manaswi and Dr. Parag Vibhakar
with micro vascular plastic surgical techniques. All the structures
including minute nerves and vessels were joined to save his fi nger.
The operation lasted for 6 hours. The chemical content of string
caused more severe injury in the lining of the blood vessels making
the surgery more challenging.
After about one and a half months of healing and post-operative
physiotherapy, Mr. Shetty’s fi nger is almost back to normal. The
sensation and strength will take a few more weeks to recover.