Hand Transplant

hand transplant

Hand transplantation is a surgical procedure to transplant a hand from one human to another. The operation is carried out in the following order: bone fixation, tendon repair, artery repair, nerve repair, then vein repair. The operation typically lasts 8 to 12 hours. The first short-term success in human hand transplantation occurred with New Zealander Clint Hallam who had lost his hand in an accident while in prison. The operation was performed in 1998 in France by a team assembled from different countries around the world.

Hallam’s transplanted hand was removed at his request in 2001 following an episode of rejection. The first hand transplant to achieve prolonged success was performed on New Jersey native Matthew Scott in 1999. Scott had lost his hand in a fireworks accident at age 24. Later that year the Philadelphia Phillies asked him to do the honors of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.

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