Surgical and technical aspects of hand transplantation: is it just another replant?

Tristan L. Hartzell, Prosper Benhaim, Joseph E. Imbriglia, Jaimie T. Shores, Robert J. Goitz, Marshall Balk, Scott Mitchell, Roee Rubinstein, Vijay S. Gorantla, Stefan Schneeberger, Gerald Brandacher, W. P.Andrew Lee, Kodi K. Azari

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The ultimate goal of hand allotransplantation is to achieve graft survival and useful long-term function. To achieve these goals, selection of the appropriate patient, detailed preoperative planning, and precise surgical technique are of paramount importance. Transplantation should be reserved for motivated consenting adults in good general heath, who are psychologically stable and have failed a trial of prosthetic use. While the key surgical steps of transplantation are similar to those of replantation, there are major differences. This article describes the steps in hand allotransplantation, and the importance of patient selection as well as preoperative and postoperative care. Copyright Â

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)521-530, x
JournalHand clinics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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