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J Reconstr Microsurg. 2012 Jan;28(1):27-34. doi: 10.1055/s-0031-1285820. Epub 2011 Aug 2.

Technical aspects of the recipient operation in hand transplantation.

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  • 1Division of Plastic Surgery, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, California 90095, USA.


The goal of hand allotransplantation is to achieve graft survival and useful long-term function. To achieve these goals, precise surgical technique is of critical importance. The key surgical steps and sequence of events in hand allotransplantation are similar to major upper extremity replantations, but are modified to accommodate major conceptual differences that exist between the two procedures.

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