Unlocking Hope: Gleneagles HealthCity Chennai's Leading Hand Transplant Program

Hand Transplant

Why Choose Gleneagles HealthCity Chennai for Hand Transplantation?

In the realm of medical marvels, hand transplantation stands as a testament to human ingenuity and compassionate care. Gleneagles HealthCity Chennai emerges as a beacon of hope for individuals facing the daunting prospect of life without a hand. With a pioneering Hand Transplant Program established in 2021, Gleneagles HealthCity Chennai has etched its name as the foremost private hospital in Tamilnadu offering this transformative procedure.

Regional and National Leaders in Hand Transplantation

At Gleneagles HealthCity Chennai, we pride ourselves on a legacy of excellence in hand transplantation. Our team of skilled surgeons orchestrated the first-ever hand transplant surgery in Tamilnadu, catapulting our institution into the vanguard of medical innovation. Choosing our program ensures access to the expertise of some of the most seasoned hand transplant surgeons in the nation. Continuously integrating cutting-edge techniques, our doctors extend a ray of hope and healing to individuals grappling with the loss of a hand.

Comprehensive, Team-Based Care

A hallmark of our program lies in our commitment to holistic care. Our multidisciplinary team comprises specialists spanning transplant services, hand surgery, plastic surgery, orthopaedic surgery, psychiatry, pathology, anesthesiology, internal medicine, hematology, radiology, neurology, ethics, and rehabilitation services. United by a shared dedication to patient-centric care, these recognized leaders in their respective fields collaborate seamlessly to deliver comprehensive, expert care at every juncture of the patient journey.

Groundbreaking Research-Driven Treatments

Embracing the ethos of continual advancement, Gleneagles HealthCity Chennai serves as a crucible for pioneering research in hand transplantation. As a premier academic center, our physicians remain at the forefront of advancements in the field, perpetually refining and redefining the boundaries of possibility. Our active participation in research endeavors empowers us to offer not just conventional treatments, but groundbreaking therapies that herald new dawn for patients seeking restoration of hand function.

Understanding Hand Transplantation

Hand transplantation emerges as a lifeline for individuals who have undergone surgical amputation of one or both hands or have suffered severe loss of hand function due to traumatic injury. This intricate procedure entails the transplantation of bones, arteries, veins, nerves, tendons, and skin, culminating in the restoration of form and function to the affected limb.

Eligibility Criteria

At Gleneagles HealthCity Chennai, we meticulously assess candidates for hand transplantation, ensuring the utmost safety and efficacy of the procedure. Eligible individuals must be between the ages of 18 and 60 and meet the following criteria:

- Amputation at the wrist or forearm
- Amputation unrelated to cancer or congenital defects
- Good overall health status
- Absence of serious infections such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, or HIV

Prospective candidates undergo a rigorous evaluation encompassing physical examinations, comprehensive medical and family history assessments, blood work, imaging studies (MRI, CT, or X-ray), and psychological well-being evaluations.

Securing a Donor Limb

Upon acceptance into our program, individuals awaiting hand transplantation are placed on a waiting list until a suitable donor limb becomes available. Unlike organ donation for vital organs, hand and arm donations are not typically facilitated through the driver’s license registry. Instead, our team collaborates with donor families to navigate a specialized consent process for hand and arm donation. The meticulous matching of donor and recipient characteristics, including hand size, skin color and tone, gender, and ethnicity, is pivotal in optimizing surgical outcomes.

The Surgical Journey

The culmination of anticipation and hope, the hand transplantation surgery at Gleneagles HealthCity Chennai unfolds over meticulously orchestrated hours of surgical precision. With a dedicated team of highly specialized surgeons at the helm, the procedure may span up to 12 hours, characterized by unwavering focus and unwavering commitment to excellence.

Post-surgery, patients embark on a journey of recovery under the vigilant care of our multidisciplinary team. Intensive care unit (ICU) stays provide a critical window for monitoring and stabilization, paving the path for subsequent phases of rehabilitation and restoration.

Postoperative Care and Rehabilitation

As with any transplant procedure, postoperative care and rehabilitation form the cornerstone of long-term success. Immunosuppressive medications are prescribed to mitigate the risk of graft rejection, while intensive rehabilitation endeavors aim to optimize hand function and integration. Commencing within 48 hours of surgery, rehabilitation efforts unfold over several months, encompassing a spectrum of therapeutic modalities tailored to individual needs.

Ongoing Monitoring and Support

Beyond the confines of the operating theater, Gleneagles HealthCity Chennai remains steadfast in its commitment to ongoing patient support and monitoring. Periodic biopsies and laboratory evaluations facilitate meticulous surveillance, ensuring the preservation of graft viability and long-term success. Patients enrolled in our Hand Transplant Program benefit from a continuum of care, with postoperative monitoring extending beyond hospital walls to encompass a period of stay in Chennai.

In the realm of hand transplantation, Gleneagles HealthCity Chennai emerges as a beacon of hope and healing, offering a lifeline to individuals grappling with the aftermath of hand loss. With a legacy of excellence, a commitment to research-driven innovation, and a multidisciplinary approach to care, we stand poised at the forefront of transformative medicine.

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