The skilled surgeons with Norton Louisville Arm & Hand are available to children and teens after trauma or an injury. Our surgeons have specialized training in the unique needs of caring for children’s growing arms, wrists and hands.
Our arm and hand surgeons are among the most skilled in the nation. Norton Louisville Arm & Hand’s Amit Gupta, M.D., authored the authoritative guide to treating children’s hands: “The Growing Hand: Diagnosis and Management of the Upper Extremity in Children.” After completing a hand surgery fellowship, Charity Burke, M.D, completed a second fellowship dedicated to children’s hand and arm issues. All of our hand surgeons are fellowship trained and either members or eligible members of the American Society of Surgery of the Hand.
Replantation is the surgical reattachment of a finger, hand or arm that has been completely detached from the body. Re-attachment surgery gives the person as much use of the injured body part as possible.
Not all children who lose a finger, hand or arm are candidates for replantation. Sometimes replantation surgery is not possible because the detached limb is too damaged. If replantation surgery is not an option, amputation surgery may be needed. During amputation surgery, the surgeon cleans, smooths and covers the cut end of the body part. This can help speed the healing process.
Replantation surgery includes three steps. During replantation, the surgeon will:
The care your child needs is close to home at Norton Children’s. With a 125-year presence in Louisville, Norton Children’s is a leader in pediatric care across Kentucky and Southern Indiana, providing an expanded footprint that includes: