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Can someone get hand transplant?

Can someone get hand transplant?

Yes: The are performed in multiple centers. Patients that have lost both hands have the best indication. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregory Moneta
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Transplant (Definition)

In medicine: a transfer from one body or body part to another of an organ (liver, heart, lung, kidney, pancreas bowel) or tissue (hand, face, hair). The immune system fights foreign invaders (like infections) so it will reject transplants from other people (allotransplants) because they look like infections. So transplants usually require drugs to ...Read more


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What is the procedure behind a hand transplant?

What is the procedure behind a hand transplant?

Replace from cadaver: One takes the missing part from a donor and plates the bones, repairs the tendons and nerves form the donor to the recipient and anastomoses the arteries and veins and then closes the skin. Different types of rejection therapies are given. ...Read more

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How does a hand transplant operation work?

How does a hand transplant operation work?

Multiple steps: Hand transplants are done attaching the donor bones (usually at the midpoint of lower arm) to the patient bones with plates just as broken bones are treated. Next every individual tendon is reattached. The arteries and veins are conected to each other. Finally the major nerves are sewn together with microsurgical techniques. Finally the skin is closed and the operation is complete. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get a hand transplant operation?

Is it possible to get a hand transplant operation?

Yes: A few centers can do this procedure. The early results have been good for some, but some have lost the grafts. The potential recipient of a lost limb must undergo stringent medical and psychological testing to be sure they are right for such an undertaking. ...Read more

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Please help docs! where can someone get hand transplant?

Please help docs! where can someone get hand transplant?

Hand transplant: Several sites surround USA now do this. Kentucky, Indiana, and California. First step is consult with local fellowship trained hand surgeon ...Read more

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If you get a hand transplant, what happens to the fingerprints?

Hand transplant : The fingertips will be the donors so then so will the fingerprints be. Seems like a spark of a plot line for a thriller. ...Read more

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After having a hand transplant does the new hand retain it's fingerprints?

Yes: Just as it retains its bones and blood vessels the donor skin remains. Therefore the hand will retain the same fingerprints. ...Read more

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Are hand transplants possible?

Are hand transplants possible?

Yes: Hand transplants are possible, but for certain injuries and in certain patients. A double-hand transplant was recently performed in massachusetts. http://vitals.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/10/14/8321876-double-hand-transplant-recipient-wants-to-feel-grandkids-faces. ...Read more

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Q about hand transplants, is it possible to get a hand that is different color skin than your hand?

Q about hand transplants, is it possible to get a hand that is different color skin than your hand?

Yes but why?: Transplants are designed to match the original as much as possible and that is true for major transplants like hands. Hopefully this question is theoretical and not because you need a hand transplant. ...Read more

Dr. Amy Friedman
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Transplantation (Definition)

Transplantation is the process of transplanting organs from a donor to a recipient and includes surgery ...Read more