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Can A Cut-Off Fingertip Grow Back?


Updated April 29, 2014

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A cut-off fingertip. How much will grow back?

Photo © David Nelson, M.D.
Question: Can A Cut-Off Fingertip Grow Back?
Fingertip injuries are a frightening experience. We all know the human body cannot regrow a limb, but how much deformity persists after cutting off the tip of the finger? What needs to be done in order to get a fingertip injury to heal properly?
Answer: The human body has an amazing capacity for healing. Fingers are especially noteworthy as they have an excellent blood supply and the ability to heal major wounds. In fact, some fingertip injuries can seemingly grow back.

In general, for a fingertip injury to grow back, the injury must occur beyond where the nail starts, and some deformity of the tip of the finger will generally persist. But hand surgeons have long known that a cut-off fingertip can regain much of the normal feel, shape, and appearance. In fact, no expensive products are required, and with clean amputations of the tip of the digit, usually no surgery is required.

See this case of a patient who severed the tip of her finger, and within 7 weeks had returned to normal function and near-normal appearance.

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