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The first evaluation of the upper extremity and hand, performed by the surgeon at the outpatient clinic, is fundamental to understanding the patient's problem, determining the best treatment options, and, in the case of a surgical indication, assessing the preoperative status. In addition to recording the patient's symptoms and complaints, the surgeon(More)
This study was undertaken to evaluate tourniquet tolerance in healthy people. An arm tourniquet was inflated to 100 mmHg above systolic blood pressure for 21 minutes. We measured pain and grip strength before, during and at various times after deflation. We tested 40 subjects (20 women and 20 men) with an average age of 38 (range 22-58) years. Eight(More)
The first Belgian hand transplant was a 22 year-old man with a traumatic amputation of his dominant hand at the junction of the middle and distal thirds of the forearm. The donor and recipient had three HLA mismatches. The cross-match was negative. The total ischaemic time was slightly over 6 hours. Immunosuppression included antithymocyte globulins at(More)
Nerve transfers Oberlin-type are currently used in upper brachial plexus lesions to recover elbow flexion. Is the regained active motion sufficient to resume heavy manual activities? Five adult patients (mean age 37 years) operated of a nerve transfer to recover elbow flexion (transfer of a motor fascicle of the ulnar nerve to the motor branch of the(More)
The authors report the clinical result at 9 years followup of a unilateral hand transplantation performed on the dominant side after traumatic forearm amputation. The patient is back to work and sporting activities. The allograft has been fully incorporated into his self-image. The satisfaction index is 10/10, the DASH 5/100, and the 400-points score 68.1(More)
We report a series of 29 cases of wrist arthrodesis using a radiometacarpal half-frame or triangular Hoffmann configuration, bone autograft, and relocation of a retinacular rectangular flap under the extensor tendons to prevent adhesions. No splint or plaster cast has been used. Early active motion of the fingers was encouraged. The average duration of(More)
Among the surgical options to treat trapeziometacarpal osteoarthrosis, trapeziectomy has been criticized as unable to prevent postoperative collapse of the thumb, causing painful scapho-metacarpal impingement. The implantation of an external minifixator between the first and the second metacarpals for sufficient time has been proposed to maintain the(More)
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