A hand transplant primarily refers to the transplantation of the hand and portions of the upper extremity from a deceased donor. It may also refer to the entire upper extremity, extending to where the shoulder and arm meet. This is referred to as an arm transplant. You may hear terms such as “below elbow” or “above elbow.” These refer to the degree of the amputation – whether it is below or above the elbow.
Recipients of hand transplants have had restoration of critical hand functions but, more importantly, have regained the important sense of touch, something that a prosthetic cannot provide.
UT Southwestern’s current transplant criteria is for bilateral (both) or unilateral (one) dominant hand and below-elbow amputees.
UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Hand Transplant Program is the first in the state of Texas, serving not only the Dallas-Fort Worth area and all of Texas but neighboring states, as well. We offer comprehensive care and an innovative operation for those who have suffered the loss of one or both upper extremities. The University-sponsored program is approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB).
Our multidisciplinary team includes:
You must meet the following criteria to be considered for hand transplantation: