Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, US, has announced plans to offer full hand transplants as part of an experimental programme.
Patients facing dominant of double hand amputation will be eligible for the programme, which would require them to try a prosthetic transplant for six months before getting a full hand transplant.
Reconstructive plastic surgeon Matthew Carty said the hospital had screened six people who may be eligible for the surgery so far.
“There’s a huge potential pool of candidates in our soldiers returning from the front lines who have had severe limb injuries,” Carty added.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital had performed the country’s first full face transplant last year.