Deciding to pursue a hand transplant is a serious undertaking. There are lifelong implications including the benefits of having a hand or hands versus the risks related to surgery and the need to take immunosuppressive medications, to help prevent rejection of the hand transplant, for as long as you have the transplant.
Typically, people who have undergone a hand transplant have lost one or both hands in a trauma, such as an accident. People who seek hand transplantation want to improve their quality of life by being better able to perform activities they couldn’t perform with a residual limb or prosthesis.
Our goal is to evaluate whether a hand transplant will improve your ability to function better compared to before the transplant. How much function you experience depends on multiple factors including the nature of your original injury, the level of amputation, and the type of reconstruction needed during the hand transplant surgery.