World's first bilateral hand and forearm transplantation in Harvey that heralded a revolution in transplant medicine, has been declared a success, scientists confirmed in notes that have appeared in the prestigious journal The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health.
Led by L Scott Levin, Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Penn Medicine and Director of the Hand Transplantation Programme at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), a 40-member multi-disciplinary team of physicians, nurses and other staff participated in the operation.
During the surgery, the hands and forearms from the donor were attached by connecting bone, blood vessels, nerves, muscles, tendons, and skin.
Double hand transplantation is a complex procedure involving many surgical and non-surgical components.
First, the potential recipient must undergo extensive medical screenings and evaluations before surgery.
In this case, the patient's previous medical condition, following sepsis at an early age, factored into the decision to perform the transplant.
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