Do It Yourself Thumb Amputation

Do It Yourself Thumb Amputation

Believe it or not, what you see in this photo is not a result of some kind of workplace accident, this is a result of an intentional thumb amputation by a fan of extreme body modifications. You can even see the tools he used for self amputation in the photo’s background.

I do not know whether the man had his thumb re-attached afterwards or whether he just kept the severed part as a souvenir, allowing the hand to heal with part of it missing. I also wonder if he used any local anaesthetic to cut his own finger off. Either way, it is a very smooth cut for a do it yourself amputation.

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59 thoughts on “Do It Yourself Thumb Amputation”

    1. It’s not common, but I’ve heard of a few people would do this. Body dismorphia or something, they get our into their heads that the digit or limb shouldn’t be there. I seen a documentary on it ages ago, there was one guy who left his left leg was unnatural. So he took a shotgun and blew off his leg from the knee down. Making sure to do enough damage to prevent doctors saving it. Again, not common, but not exactly rare either

      1. Yes I saw a documentery about a Scottish doctor who was performing amputions on people who where going to do it themselves. He got struck off in the end I think but it was very interesting. There was a German guy who had his leg amputated by the doctor, he was a wealthy businessman but had retired early. After the amputation he started working agiain as he said it was more of a challenge as an amputee.

  1. Belive it or not I java actually been putting a lot of thought into doing the same thing to the tip of my pink…not for cosmetic or psychological reasons but due to the fact that I was stabbed in the palm of my hand and aquired nerve damage because if it now I have a constant numbing sensation at the very tip of my pinky and its very annoying, I’ve read that people that have nerve damage on entire limbs usually opt for having them surgically removed to get rid of the constant numbing sensation, most people think that having a numbing sensation means you don’t feel anything at all which isnt true if you’ve ever felt your foot fall asleep them you know how annoying it feels now imagine feeling that all the time and you can see why some one would rather cut there limp off than put up with the “constant pins and needles” feeling, there is medication out there but its expensive and not even worth taking it also has too many bad side effects and besides its only a temperory fix to a permanent problem

    1. Just a word of warning: amputating the nerve-damaged area may immediately remove the unwanted sensations, but –long term– proffers a whole new set of esoteric (and possibly just as bothersome) issues. We develop neural pathways specific to our bodies and repeated experiences. For example…

      a sighted person develops and reinforces neural pathways designated to sight. A person born blind never develops those sight-specific pathways, freeing up more brain matter for the other senses–hearing, touch, etc…. the whole “other senses are stronger” phenomena. It is extremely disorienting and far harder to cope with for a sighted person to go blind, or for a person with inherent blindness to gain sight, because the neural pathways are “thrown out of whack”, or nonexistent to begin with.

      While a limb may be wholly removed, the neural systems correlating with it are very much intact (being in the brain and all…). These are responsible for the “phantom limb” phenomena–neurons might still fire off, giving one the sensation of still possessing the amputated body part.

      As time goes on, the (mostly) unused neural systems will fall into a sort of “disrepair” and shrink and lose structural integrity (aka “use it or lose it”). This presents a wholly new form of dysfunction; neural pathways surrounding the diminishing tissue can wind up ‘overlapping’ or ‘leaking’, causing synaptic fire-offs to the corresponding areas. For example; touching one’s cheek sends signals to the neural area for that part of the face, which may be located next to the neural area for genitalia. Both areas border the neural area for the left foot. The left foot has been amputated, so the surrounding areas have ‘leaked’ somewhat, causing a neural jumble–so touching the face ends up feeling like someone is touching the genitalia.

      I understand the irritation of nerve damage (fortunately, what I experienced was PHN after a bout of shingles–a *temporary* problem) but thought I should warn you that amputation will not normalize/”set things right” but instead present it’s own special brand of funkiness.

    1. I worked in a Furniture Factory for a while, seen my fair share of clean amputations, does not look right, too clean for what is described. It looked to me like it was done by a bandsaw given how clean it is cut. The bone does not look the right size for the thumb, and even when you have a tourniquet, the bone bleeds because of the marrow.

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