Hand Transplant

The first transplant in the state of Michigan took place at Michigan Medicine in 1964. Now, we are again taking the helm by creating the first hand transplant program in Michigan.  Our goal for you is to improve your quality of life by enabling you to have more independence, ability and mobility through the gift of a hand transplant.

As experts in many types of transplant, in addition to the fine surgical arts of replantation, hand surgery and microsurgery, we are uniquely prepared to offer hand transplant surgery to qualified candidates. Our surgeons have trained with the top hand transplant surgeons in the nation and the world.

After working with transplant patients and their families for over 50 years, our Transplant Center is uniquely poised to respond to the many social, medical, surgical and financial challenges associated with a transplant.

The University of Michigan Hand Transplant program, reviewed by the University of Michigan Institutional Review Board (IRB), is joining 15 other hand transplant centers in the United States and 15 others around the world in providing the life-changing opportunity of a new hand.

Reasons For Hand Transplants

Hand transplantation is an option available for patients with amputations or injuries of the arm or hand. This includes military personnel returning from active duty. Regaining an arm or hand can vastly improve the quality of life of a patient, allowing them to continue doing daily tasks that they may not have been able to do before.

Patient Eligibility

There are a number of considerations that need to be made when determining if a patient is a suitable candidate for hand transplantation. In addition to several screening tests, here is a list of some of these factors:

  • Patients must be between the ages of 18 and 60.
  • Patients should have had amputations performed at least six months prior to consultation; during this time, prosthetics and rehabilitation must also be considered before considering transplantation.
  • Patients should have no history of malignancy within the last 10 years.
  • Patients should have no co-existing medical conditions that may affect results such as Diabetes or bleeding disorders.
  • No congenital anomalies causing loss of limb
  • Women who are pregnant will not be considered. And agree to reliable contraception for 1 year following transplantation.
  • BMI should be less than or equal to 35

Get Evaluated

To make an appointment to evaluate your need within our Transplant Center, please call a patient care representative at 1-800-333-9013 Find a University of Michigan hand transplant doctor.