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Our surgeons have had additional fellowship training to prepare them to care for the intricate bone and soft tissue structures of the hand, wrist and forearm, a skill required for a successful surgical outcome. Hand surgery is indicated for many conditions, including but not limited to:

  • Arthritis (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Delayed reconstruction of tendon, nerve and bone injurie
  • Repetitive use injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Forearm, wrist and hand fractures
  • Tumors of the hand (benign masses, cancers)
  • Trigger finger

What to Expect

Hand surgery recovery depends greatly on the type of surgery performed and the unique circumstances involved. Your hand may need to be immobilized for some time after the operation. Pain medications may be given to help alleviate the discomfort. Some patients also require hand therapy to help regain function.

Pioneering Hand Transplants at the Penn Transplant Institute

A hand transplant is an incredibly delicate procedure involving skin, muscle, tendon, bone, cartilage, fat, nerves and blood vessels. Thus, the program is a joint venture of the Penn Transplant Institute, Penn Orthopaedics and Penn Plastic Surgery.

In 2011, Penn Medicine joined a select group of US medical centers to establish a multidisciplinary Hand Transplant Program. The Penn Hand Transplant program was designed to help double-arm or double-hand amputee patients regain mobility and independence.

Risks and Outcomes

Every type of surgery has risks. You can help reduce complications by carefully following all pre- and post-surgery instructions. Our plastic surgeons will review all the potential risks and side effects with you.

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