Chennai

Surgery restores scalp detached in work accident

A few months ago, a 35-year-old woman came in to Government Stanley Hospital, with her scalp completely detached. She had suffered an accident at the factory she was working at, while sweeping, and was admitted in a state of shock, about two hours after the accident.

She was initially resuscitated and her general condition stabilised, after which she was referred to the department of plastic surgery.

“Her scalp had come off right from its base, along with skin on two levels. It was a complex surgery of over six-and-a half hours. My colleagues and I replanted her scalp, suturing the blood vessels that were ruptured in order to re-establish blood supply,” said G.S. Radhakrishnan, senior assistant professor of plastic surgery at the Institute of Hand Surgery at the hospital.

Dr. Radhakrishnan said the woman, who is from Periapalayam in neighbouring Tiruvallur district, is now recovering from surgery and her hair has started to grow.

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