In September 2021, a 30-year-old male, after a crush injury at work, came into the emergency department at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest with severe damage to his small, ring and long fingers.
Nathan Miller, MD, orthopedic hand surgeon and plastic and reconstructive surgeon with Lehigh Valley Orthopedic Institute and Lehigh Valley Institute for Surgical Excellence, explains what he observed: “The fingers were amputated at the middle of the digit, only connected by the nerves. All the skin, bone, tendons, arteries and veins were completely severed.”
In the past, people requiring digital replantation would immediately be sent to larger centers in Philadelphia or New York City.
Today, with the advanced expertise of Miller, they are treated in the Lehigh Valley. Miller is fellowship-trained in hand, upper extremity and microvascular surgery.