[AMP-L] U.C.L.A. Hand Transplant Program Needs Volunteers
wayne at renardson.org
Tue Aug 3 15:18:11 PDT 2010
UCLA says it is launching a hand transplant study and is looking for
amputees, including war veterans, willing to undergo the experimental
The clinical trial program is only the fourth of its kind in the
"Many patients who have lost one or both hands find that prosthetic
devices are not enough to help them get back the life they had
enjoyed previously," Dr. Kodi Azari, the program's surgical director,
said earlier this week. "In these cases, hand transplantation can
offer a unique opportunity to regain dynamic function and the feel of
a real human hand."
The procedure does not restore full hand strength and sensation, but
Azari said it may enable people to perform many tasks.
"It's never like your (old) hand, unfortunately, yet we have found
really quite remarkable results," Azari said.
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