Would you want your hands reconstructed if they looked like this?

At what point does aesthetics trump function?

Over at Better Health, Val Jones talks about cases where land mines blow off hands, necessitating the so-called Krukenberg operation, which recreates a pincer grasp in the hands.

The result looks like this:

krukenberg operation

It’s a remarkable procedure. But, as Val notes, not everyone may want this operation, as some may opt for aesthetics over function.

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