EDIT: http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/bucs/f...t-says/2236890 - RF
Football minus fingers still possible, specialist says
Excerpt: ""The long ring and middle finger are more involved in power grips than the index finger is," said Dr. Michelle Carlson, an orthopedic hand surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.
Doctors will typically handle the functional loss of a finger by performing what is called a "ray amputation," in which not only the finger itself is removed but the corresponding bones in the hand relating to that finger, which allows the remaining fingers to be closer and more easily used together.
"It's surprising how normal that looks," Carlson said. "Most people who have index ray amputation, people don't even notice they're missing a finger. It looks surprisingly normal and functionally, people do very well. ... You can actually can make up for it very well. In fact, they do better with that finger amputated than if the finger remains but is not functional."
There are no options for a functional prosthetic finger in current medical technology, so any prosthesis is used only for cosmetic purposes; most patients with prosthetic fingers stop wearing them once they have emotionally processed their loss, she said." Read more...