World experience after more than a decade of clinical hand transplantation: update on the Innsbruck program.

Theresa Hautz, Timm O. Engelhardt, Annemarie Weissenbacher, Martin Kumnig, Bettina Zelger, Michael Rieger, Gerhard Rumpold, Gerhard Pierer, Marina Ninkovic, Markus Gabl, Hildegunde Piza-Katzer, Johann Pratschke, Raimund Margreiter, Gerald Brandacher, Stefan Schneeberger

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Abstract

Patients who have lost a hand or upper extremity face many challenges in everyday life. For some patients, reconstructive hand transplantation represents a reasonable option for anatomic reconstruction, restoring prehensile function with sensation and allowing them to regain daily living independence. The first clinical case of bilateral hand transplantation at University Hospital Innsbruck was realized on March 17th, 2000. A decade later, a total of 7 hands and forearms were transplanted in 4 patients. This article review the clinical courses of 3 bilateral hand transplant recipients and highlights psychological aspects on reconstructive hand transplantation with special regard to unilateral/bilateral transplantation. Copyright Â

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)423-431, viii
JournalHand clinics
Volume27
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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