Penn Medicine is part of a select group of United States medical centers to establish multidisciplinary programs to perform bilateral hand transplants. The Penn Hand Transplant program was designed to help double-arm or double-hand amputee patients regain mobility and independence.
A hand transplant, unlike a solid organ transplant, involves multiple tissues: skin, muscle, tendon, bone, cartilage, fat, nerves and blood vessels. The first successful operation was performed in France in 1998. Only a few people have received hand transplants, including bilateral (both hands) transplants, around the world.
A joint venture of the departments of Transplant, Orthopaedics and Plastic Surgery, the program works closely with the Gift of Life donor program.
Meet Penn's Hand Transplant multidisciplinary team, which offers a wide-range of skills and knowledge.
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