Hand Replantation and Transplantation: More Differences than Similarities

  • Marco Lanzetta
  • Roberta Nolli


From a surgical point of view, hand transplantation is technically not very different from a hand replantation. However, the procedure presents unique requirements, especially from an organization point of view. In our experience, there is no doubt that there are more differences than similarities between hand transplantation and replantation, so that the two operations must be considered quite different and a completely different approach must be followed [1].


Tendon Transfer Healing Tendon Unique Requirement Initial Clinical Experience Temporary Residency 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marco Lanzetta
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • Roberta Nolli
    • 1
  1. 1.Italian Institute of Hand Surgery MonzaMilanItaly
  2. 2.Hand Surgery and Reconstructive Microsurgery UnitSan Gerardo HospitalMonza, MilanItaly
  3. 3.University of Milan-BicoccaMilanItaly
  4. 4.University of CanberraAustralia
  5. 5.International Hand and CompositeTissue Allograft SocietyAustralia

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