Surgical management of fingertip injuries

Karthi Sundar V., Suresh Gandhi B., Shanmuga Sundaram P.


Background: Fingertip injuries are common due to industrial accidents, ranging from small laceration and nail bed injuries to traumatic amputation and severe crush. It is best retain as much native tissue when viable. Surgical options in treating the fingertip injuries are individualized to each patient considering the injury pattern, age, hand dominance and occupation.

Methods: It is a retrospective study of 102 fingertip injuries in 95 patients, whose age ranges from 2 years to 60 years over a period of 3 years.

Results: In 90% of patient’s primary wound healing was achieved in 2 weeks period. All were satisfied with the functional outcome and average period of returning to the work is 4 weeks.

Conclusions: Fingertip injuries needs individualized management specialized to achieve optimum results, maximum patient satisfaction rates and early return to pre injury occupation level.


Fingertip injuries, Nail bed injury, Crush injury of finger

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