Before Your Hand Transplant
During your extensive evaluation, we discuss functional outcome, treatment options, risks, alternatives, benefits, and complications, as well as the need for immunosuppressive medication to prevent rejection. If you choose to pursue a hand transplant, multiple tests and screening procedures are necessary.
Blood and Tissue Tests
Check blood type and compatibility, assess organ and immune system function, and screen for viruses or infections that could affect your outcome.
Evaluates your social support and other parameters to understand how well you have dealt with the loss of your limb and the status of your overall well-being.
Determines the function you currently have in your residual limb.
MRI and X-ray bone scans are performed to evaluate your residual limb.
Involving Your Caregivers
We involve your designated caregivers -- family members or friends -- from the time of your first evaluation. We educate them about their important role in caring for you after your hand transplant.
Preparing for Your Hand Transplant
All hand transplant candidates participate in transplant education to help you and your caregivers learn about the process, the medications you need to take, and the recovery process.
Waiting for Your Hand Transplant
You will be notified when a suitable donor hand is available. Donors for a limb have been donors of other organs as well. If you live outside of the Durham area, our team can assist you in gathering the resources and support you need.