LOUISVILLE, Ky., Jan. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Medical history was made 10 years ago, greatly impacting the future of transplantation and reconstructive surgery around the world when a team of surgeons performed the first hand transplant in the U.S on January 25, 1999. The procedure, also called composite tissue allotransplantation, criticized by some in the hand surgery community and lauded by others in the world of organ transplantation, has continued to lead to other innovative surgeries, such as face transplant.
A press conference will be held to mark the 10-year anniversary of hand transplantation on Monday, January 26, 2009 at 1:30 p.m. (EST) at the Jewish Hospital Heart and Lung Center, 201 Abraham Flexner Way, Louisville, Kentucky.
Segments of the press conference and b-roll will be up linked via satellite from 3:30-4 p.m. (EST). Coordinates for the link are:
Satellite: AMC 6 - TR 24
72 degrees west
Downlink frequency 4180 horizontal
Audio 6.2 6.8
A partnership of physicians and researchers at Jewish Hospital, the
Matthew Scott, who received his new hand on January 24-25, 1999, will provide his perspective on the innovative procedure he underwent ten years ago, when surgeons from the
A New Jersey native, Scott is an instructor at
Other U.S. hand transplant recipients include:
Breidenbach, Ravindra and Buell will provide updates on all five men who have received hand transplants at Jewish Hospital.
Each patient was placed on one or more immunosuppressive drugs at a reduced dosage to lower the risks associated with the anti-rejection medication. Those risks include a higher incidence of cancer, infections and other disorders.
Jewish Hospital is the only center in the United States to perform the hand transplantation procedure. Other centers in the U.S. are now interested in performing the experimental procedure.
Kentuckiana Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) coordinated the donation of the hands for all five U.S. hand transplant recipients. KODA worked very closely with the Indiana Organ Procurement Organization for the fifth hand transplant to coordinate the hand donation with the family and hospital. Without the help of these organ procurement agencies and the families, these procedures could not have taken place.
The third, fourth and fifth U.S. hand transplants are sponsored by the Department of Defense, Office of Naval Research and Office of Army Research to further research in the composite tissue allotransplantation program.
A hand transplant, unlike a solid organ transplant, involves multiple tissues (skin, muscle, tendon, bone, cartilage, fat, nerves and blood vessels) and is called composite tissue allotransplantation.
To date, there have been a total of 40 hands transplanted on 32 patients around the world.
Information, photography and video are available on our web sites at www.handtransplant.com and www.jewishhospital.org. Video on the website is not broadcast quality. For broadcast quality clips of the press conference and b-roll, go to http://handtransplant.com/media.asp.
Photo and interview opportunities will be available with the speakers. Also available will be:
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