As a pediatric orthopedist who treats a great number of hand and wrist injuries, I hear a lot about advances in the field. Recently the orthopedic community celebrated a milestone in this area of medicine: the world’s first pediatric double hand transplant.
The video alone is worth watching for its warmth and clarity:
Needless to say, the intricacies of procedures such as this one are staggering, as they can involve every tissue type along with the recondite questions about matching, immunity, and growth. It remains to be seen how this patient’s hands will develop, but the initial success of the surgery is cause enough for optimism.
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