Saturday, May 9, 2009
Double Hand Transplant!
Wow, the University of Pittsburgh is keeping busy these days! CNN has an exciting story about a pastry chef who received a double hand transplant. Can you do that? Apparently you can. Advances in surgical technology and microsurgery techniques have made this possible. Jeff Kepner is 57 and he went through a nine hour surgery that was led by Dr. W. P. Andrew Lee, chief of the division of plastic surgery and professor of surgery and orthopedic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). This was the first double hand transplant to take place in the United States. What other transplants will we be seeing in the future?