With the technical advances afforded by modern science, it is now possible to reattach many amputated limbs. However, such replantation is not always in the best interest of the patient as function and appearance of the limb, hand, or digit may be better without it. The decision must be made based on a case-by-case basis. If reattachment is to be performed, it must be done with minimal delay.
The best hope for a successful replantation is when the amputation is sharp or clean. Crushed or contaminated amputations are avoided.
Hand and finger reattachments are more successful than those of the upper arm and shoulder. Replantation is often performed when multiple digits or the thumb are involved.
Age is a factor; children do better than adults with many replantations.
In the event that an amputation becomes necessary, a state-of-the-art prosthesis can be created to replace the appearance and part of the function of the missing body part. These prostheses restore length to a partially amputated digit, supply opposition for a thumb or finger or, in the case of a total hand, stabilize and hold objects with bendable fingers.