Hand transplant

Hand transplant is a treatment option for people who have had one or both hands amputated. In a hand transplant, you receive one or two donor hands and a portion of the forearms from a person who has died. Hand transplants are performed in only a few transplant centers worldwide.

Although not guaranteed, a hand transplant may help you regain some hand function and sensation. While a hand transplant can improve your quality of life, it is a lifelong commitment to treatment. You'll need to take special medications (immunosuppressants) and have routine physical therapy and doctor appointments to check on the condition of your donor hands.

Why it's done Risks How you prepare What you can expect Results

A hand transplant is performed in selected cases in an attempt to improve quality of life and give you some function and sensation in the new donor hands.

When matching you with a donor hand for a hand transplant, surgeons consider:

  • Blood type
  • Tissue type
  • Skin color
  • Comparable ages of donor and recipient
  • Same sex between donor and recipient
  • Hand size
  • Muscle bulk

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