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Tendon/Nerve/Finger Laceration

What Is A Finger Laceration?

A finger laceration is a deep cut in the skin of a finger, sometimes going deep enough to injure tendons and nerves.

What Are The Causes Of A Finger Laceration?

Finger lacerations are usually inflicted with a sharp object like a knife or saw. Sometimes blunt force to the finger can open up a deep laceration.

What Are The Signs And Symptoms Of A Deep Cut On Finger?

A laceration can be identified by a deep, usually painful and bleeding, cut or gash in the finger. Depending on the severity of the injury and damage to nerves and tendons, there may be other symptoms, including numbness or tingling in the affected area and reduced or lost mobility in the finger.

What Are The Risk Factors Of A Finger Laceration?

Finger lacerations are most common for people who work in environments with sharp objects present, such as kitchens and construction sites. When using knives, make sure that the blade has been properly sharpened, as dull blades require more force to cut, increasing the chances of the blade slipping with significant force.

How Do You Diagnose A Deep Finger Cut?

Dr. Nance would have you explain how the injury occurred before going forward with further diagnostic steps. An X-ray, ultrasound, or CT may be administered to determine whether there is deeper tissue damage or if any foreign substances such as dirt or glass have contaminated the wound.

What Are The Possible Treatments For A Finger Laceration?

If you have suffered a finger laceration, immediately apply pressure to try and stop the bleeding. The wound should be cleaned and you may be given antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection. A tetanus shot may also be necessary. Stitches or medical tape may be used to close the wound. In severe cases, surgery may be performed to clean the wound and repair damage to nerves and ligaments.

What Could Happen If A Finger Laceration Goes Untreated?

A deep laceration that requires a trip to the emergency room should always be checked out within the next week by a hand surgeon to avoid long-term damage. Visits to the ER all too often result in stitches or another method of closing the skin while overlooking damage to the nerves or tendons which, if left unaddressed, could result in permanent damage and loss of function in the affected finger. Dr. Nance will thoroughly diagnose any potential damage to nerve and tendon tissue and, if necessary, perform reparative surgery to avoid longer term issues.

Meet Dr. Erin Nance

Dr. Erin Nance specializes in orthopedic hand and upper extremity surgery, as well as traditional orthopedic services. Dr. Nance takes her time with every patient in her Midtown East, New York office, ensuring everyone gets the care and attention they deserve. Learn More »

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