• The Louisville group went on to perform the first five hand transplants in the United States and have performed 12 hand transplants in ten recipients as of 2016. (wikipedia.org)
  • Hand transplants were the first of a new category of transplants where multiple organs are transplanted as a single functional unit, now termed "Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation" or VCA. (wikipedia.org)
  • His inaccurate expectations became a vivid example of the necessity of a fully committed team of caregivers, including psychologists, that can correctly select and prepare the potential transplant recipients for the lengthy and difficult recovery and for the modest functional restoration of a transplanted hand to be expected. (wikipedia.org)
  • Do you have a question about the Hand Transplantation Program or about the services we offer at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia? (chop.edu)
  • After the transplant, there is a period of extensive hand therapy/rehabilitation which helps the recipients regain function of the transplanted hand. (wikipedia.org)
  • Hallam's transplanted hand was removed at his request by the transplant surgeon Nadey Hakim on February 2, 2001 following another episode of rejection. (wikipedia.org)
  • The "donor" hand usually comes from a brain-dead donor and is transplanted to a recipient who has lost one or both hands/arms. (wikipedia.org)
  • Most hand transplants to date have been performed on below elbow amputees, although above elbow transplants are gaining popularity. (wikipedia.org)
  • The recipient of a hand transplant needs to take immunosuppressive drugs similar to other transplants such as kidneys or livers, as the body's natural immune system will try to reject , or destroy, the hand. (wikipedia.org)
  • Those patients who are dedicated to taking the medications and performing the physical therapy following a hand transplant have had remarkable success in regaining function of the new hands/arms. (wikipedia.org)
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