Hand transplantation a growing field

Hand transplantation a growing field

Diane J. Atkins, OTR, FISPO, provided insight into the growing field of hand transplantation as an alternative for patients who have rejected upper limb prostheses during a presentation at the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium, here.

Atkins, who specializes in upper limb rehabilitation, has worked with the hand transplant patient population for about 2 years. The first hand transplant was performed in 1998, and Atkins said 110 hand transplants have been performed on 73 patients since 2000. The majority of hand transplants have taken place in Austria, France, Turkey, Spain, Poland and Germy – but now the United States is catching up, she said.

Source: Healio

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  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH)
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
  • The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS)