Sunday, September 18, 2011
Big toe transplant will see paver return to work
When a UK man had his left thumb cut off in a sawing accident, surgeons grafted his big toe on in its place. The hope is after the area heals he will be able to return to work as a paver in a few months. Two teams of surgeons and anaesthetists worked simultaneously in the operating theatre. One team worked on his toe and the other on his hand. The procedure is quite a rare and involves very complex micro-surgical procedure which re-attaches the bone, nerves, arteries, tendons, ligaments and skin of the toe to the hand. Walking without a big toe will require some readjustment but otherwise is quickly overcome.