hand severed from the shoulder in an assault with a kitchen knife was restored through plastic surgery by a team of surgeons of the Colombo National Hospital on last Thursday the operation lasted 10 ½ hours.
The doctors said they successfully performed two similar surgeries for the month despite the shortage of resources. The young man about 31 years of age admitted to Kegalle hospital with his left hand completely separated from the shoulder was transferred to the National Hospital.
A team of medical specialists in plastic surgery including Dr. Duleep Perera, Dr. Dhammika Dissanayake, Dr. Amila Siriwardene, and Dr, Amila Ratnayake performed the operation with the help of Orthopaedic Surgeons Dr. Suran Almeda, Dr. Chelian, and the Aesthetician Dr.Surangi Fernando.
Dramatic advances have been made in recent years in treating patients with hand injuries, degenerative disorders, and birth defects of the hand to improve both function and appearance. Plastic surgeons (along with orthopedic surgeons and general surgeons) treat patients with a wide range of hand problems.
All surgery carries some uncertainty and risk. While the procedures are generally safe when performed by a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon, complications can arise. In all types of hand surgery, the possible complications include infection, poor healing, loss of feeling or motion, blood clots, and adverse reactions to the anesthesia. These complications are infrequent, and they can generally be treated.