American Society of Plastic Surgeons
For Medical Professionals
one year ago

Distal thumb Amputation - Thumbnail

My son recently had an accident where he lost part of his thumb.

His thumb was rebuild with the Foucher flap. The surgery was a success and he should be able to

regain 100% use. The problem is that he will not have a thumb nail. Are there any procedures that can

be done in the future so he can have a thumbnail, even a false one?

Procedure: Hand Surgery
Location: Gozo - Nadur - Malta

Replies 4

Samir Shureih

Who ever did the flap for your son seems to be a very good hand surgeon/plastic surgeon. Will be able to advise you better since he/she has seen the defect and performed the flap.

Daniel Allan

It may be possible to transfer nail-forming tissue from a toe. A nail is important functionally, as well as for appearance.

Alfred Antonetti
ASPS Surgeon

There may be but may not be worth the trouble. Just ask the surgeon that did the surgery

Tanongsak Panyawirunroj
ASPS Int. Surgeon
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From currently technology I think it's not possible to create the nail on his thumb flap.


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