Doctor implants nail on woman’s finger

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Kolkata
  • Updated: Jan 08, 2015 11:13 IST

An orthopaedic surgeon in the city performed nail reimplantation surgery on the ring finger of a 47 year-old nurse’s left hand. The doctor claimed that the operation is the first of its kind in medical history.

Dr Anirban Bhattacharya associated with the Ramkrishna Mission Seva Pratisthan performed the surgery on November 27. “This is the first successful nail implantation surgery in medical history. I have crosschecked about the surgery on the internet and different medical journals. There has been no such operation before,” said Bhattacharya.

“She was suffering for the past six years after a small benign tumour was spotted under the nail on the ring finger of the patient’s left hand. An MRI on the affected hand revealed that it was a case of subungal glomus tumour. The existing recommended treatment options for this type of tumour are either partial or total nail plate excision and then biopsy of the extra growth. However, in most cases this type of treatment leads to cosmetic or functional disability to the patient,” he said.

“Theoretically, the nail plate is considered a dead tissue. So nobody thought of nail reimplantation. But I know that there must be some living components and nail can be reimplanted,” he added.

The nurse was kept under observation for one month. The affected nail bed has been healed and the re-implanted nail has come up. “Nail re-implantation surgeries are performed by plastic and orthopaedic surgeons. But I have never heard about reimplantation surgery on subungal glomus tumour case,” said Dr Sasanka Chatterjee, retired plastic surgeon of SSKM hospital.

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