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August 25th, 2010
10:58 AM ET

Hospital tweets updates on double hand transplant

Surgeons at a Louisville, Kentucky, hospital performed a double hand transplant Wednesday, the third such procedure to take place in the United States.  The hospital is providing updates from the surgery on Twitter.

The surgery began around 7 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday at The Jewish Hospital Hand Care Center. A doctor who is not taking part in the operation is micro-blogging on Twitter.

At around 1 a.m., the doctors successfully fused both hands to the transplant recipient by using plates and screws. By 9 a.m. Wednesday, the six hand surgeons were finishing nerve and tendon repair. The team of surgeons came from Kleinert Kutz and Associates and the University of Louisville.

The hospital will not be releasing the patient’s identity to protect his/her privacy and that of the family, it tweeted.

Lead surgeon, Dr. Warren C. Breidenbach said in a news release: "The patient's family is very excited about being able to follow the surgery online instead of occasional updates throughout the surgery by hospital personnel. We want others to follow the surgery as well to understand how it all works, identifying and connecting bones, arteries and veins.” Breidenbach is in the picture above during a 2008 procedure.

Check here for CNN’s affiliate WDRB’s coverage of the surgery.

Check back to CNN.com this week for an update on how the first man to receive a hand transplant in the U.S. is doing.

CNN's coverage on the first double hand transplant.


soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Aubrie

    It still amazes me that things like this are even possible. What a remarkable world we live in.

    August 25, 2010 at 12:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Jason

    Surgery has been around since the 1800's. Transplants have been around for about 50 years now. You are just now realized a transplant is remarkable? Hell, the process has been so perfected the past 25 years that you are given 90% chances of success of these things, when the only faults occuring will be malpractice.

    August 25, 2010 at 12:31 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ken

      90% success with malpractice explaining the 10% of graft failure? Those are made up numbers. Graft rejection continues to be a problem, and lifelong immunosuppression is often required to maintain a graft.

      August 25, 2010 at 12:54 | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      You have no idea what you are talking about, and your made up numbers don't impress anybody.

      August 25, 2010 at 19:02 | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Joe: You fail to realize that 80% of the words I speak are 20% true and 19% false. The other 90% is unknown. But, don't take my word for it. Of all the people polled, only 12% agree with me and the other 42% don't.

      August 25, 2010 at 19:42 | Report abuse |
    • Lia

      wow, jason is obviously not a medical profressional.

      August 26, 2010 at 02:48 | Report abuse |
    • Jamie

      I believe you stated ways to avoid the common cold. Not CURE it.

      August 26, 2010 at 04:28 | Report abuse |
  3. Peppers

    They can do this yet there is still no cure for the common cold.

    August 25, 2010 at 12:44 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Justin

      This is an entirely ignorant comment. Drink water, exercise, eat healthy. That will prevent you from getting the common cold moron. Think im wrong? i havent been sick in 10 years.

      August 25, 2010 at 13:02 | Report abuse |
    • Abbey

      Justin: YOU are a moron. You have not been sick for 10 years? First off, BS. And , IF it is even true, you are lucky pure and simply. You can exersize, drink water, and inhale all the fruits and vegetables and you can still get sick. You are such a simpleton its amazing you even figured out how to use a computer. Stupid.

      August 25, 2010 at 15:01 | Report abuse |
    • Silgen

      Are you dense Justin? You can simply breathe in air from a sick person walking down the street or touch a doorknob and get sick. Wow, you need to get a clue.

      August 25, 2010 at 15:11 | Report abuse |
  4. WellDuh

    This is really cool! I've always been fascinated with the prospect of being able to heal/repair tendons and nerves. After seeing my sister go through two surgeries I know it's not easy.

    August 25, 2010 at 13:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. adc555

    wait a sec, who is doing the typing?

    August 25, 2010 at 17:16 | Report abuse | Reply

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