What To Do About Severe Finger Injuries
Finger injuries are among the most common types of injuries that can occur in daily life. Our hands do a multitude of different tasks every day, such as cleaning, fixing things around the house, preparing food, etc. Unfortunately, any of these simple activities that we often take for granted can lead to a severe injury.
Severe finger injuries include those that cause serious damage to the finger’s ligaments, tendons, or bones. If left untreated, they can lead to infections, persisting pain and sensitivity, deformity, and even loss of function. That’s why it is very important to contact Dr. Yospur immediately in case of an accident. Depending on the type of the wound and its severity, he will administer the necessary treatment. It can include:
Cleaning and antibiotics
When it comes to finger injuries, infection is one of the most serious complications, so it’s essential to clean the wound properly, especially when dealing with bites. In this case, the doctor might also prescribe antibiotics.
If the wound isn’t deep and the bone isn’t exposed, a simple dressing might be enough. The most important thing to remember is that the bandage needs to be changed regularly. A splint might be used to protect the area so it can heal properly. The healing process, in this case, usually takes 2-3 weeks.
With severe finger injuries, where the bone is exposed, surgery might be necessary. Skin grafting is one of the procedures used in such cases. A new skin (taken, for example, from the patient’s forearm or from an uninjured finger) is placed upon the wound to cover it.
If you’ve sustained any kind of finger injury, the most important thing is to remain calm and not panic. Contact Dr. Yospur as soon as possible. Although the outcome depends on the severity of the injury, timely treatment will reduce the chance of serious complications.
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For severe finger injuries, or any hand problem Dr. Yospur should take a look for you. He can even help to treat hand emergencies for you or anyone else in your family. To schedule an appointment, contact us today.