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Indian Subcontinent’s First Bilateral Supracondylar Level Upper Limb Transplantation

Publication Type : Journal Article

Publisher : Thieme

Source : Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery

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Campus : Kochi

School : School of Medicine

Department : Orthopaedics

Year : 2019

Abstract :

Introduction: This is the first case of supracondylar level transplant from the Indian subcontinent, performed for a bilateral below elbow amputee. It has a completely different set of challenges for the transplant team, with a relatively shorter ischemia time window.

The technical considerations for the same have been discussed in detail in this article.

Materials and Methods: The patient was a 19-year-old female who lost her both upper limbs at proximal forearm level due to severe crush injury following a road traffic accident. Insufficient bone length on either side necessitated a supracondylar level transplant. The preoperative workup included detailed clinical evaluation, biochemical, and psychological evaluation.

The donor was a young brain-dead, male patient from a hospital, 30 minutes away. The donor and recipient preparations in this case were unique. The recipient’s own elbow flexors and extensors were used while the elbow joint was from the donor. The specific challenges we faced during this procedure have been described in detail.

Results: The transplantation has been a complete technical success, with the patient rehabilitated back to her independent life style. This article describes only the technical considerations. The functional recovery aspect is part of an another soon to be published manuscript.

Conclusion: Supracondylar level arm-transplant requires a highly coordinated team effort with precise preoperative planning, along with meticulous attention to detail to achieve a successful outcome. In properly selected patients, it could be a life-changing procedure, worth all the effort.

Cite this Research Publication : Sharma M, Iyer S, P K, Mathew J, R J, Maharaja N, Dhake S, Omkumar A, Joe T, Sharma D, Kapathia R, Harijee A, Reddy S, Paul J, Rajan S, Kurian G, Paul Z, Shaji D, Babu BC, Sharma A, Indian Subcontinent's First Bilateral Supracondylar Level Upper Limb Transplantation. Indian J Plast Surg. 2019 Sep;52(3):285-295. Epub 2019 Dec 26. PMID:31908366; PMCID: PMC6938436.

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