Learn About Hand Transplants

Until recently, patients with limb loss have not been able to benefit from transplantation both for immunological and technical reasons. Patients with limb loss have had to rely on prostheses that, while helpful, lack sensation and are limited in their functionality.

Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation (VCA) is the term used to describe transplantation of multiple tissues (skin, muscle, bone, cartilage, nerves, tendons, and vessels) as a functional unit. Recent advances in VCA have made limb transplantation a realistic option for patients who have lost one or both hands.

A clinical trial currently underway at Emory is following hand transplant candidates through the transplantation process and evaluating the patients' use of transplanted limb(s) in their daily lives.