Fingertip amputation is a common injury. Treatment depends on how much skin, tissue, bone, and nail were damaged and how much of your finger or thumb was cut off. The doctor may have put stitches in your finger. You may need to see a hand surgeon for more treatment.
Your fingertips have many nerves and are very sensitive, so the injury may be very painful. Recovery can take several weeks. Your finger may be sensitive to cold and painful for a year or more.
You probably will have a splint to protect your finger as it heals. It is very important that you wear the splint exactly as your doctor tells you. Wearing a splint may interfere with your normal activities. Ask for help with daily tasks if you need it.
The doctor has checked you carefully, but problems can develop later. If you notice any problems or new symptoms, get medical treatment right away.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: March 21, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Kenneth J. Koval, MD - Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Trauma
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