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The Hand and Upper Extremity Transplant Program offers a new and unique service to patients at UHN. We perform upper limb transplants for suitable patients.
Our surgeons are internationally known for treating complex hand, wrist and arm injuries, and are trained and experienced in all areas of transplant surgery.
Transplantation may be recommended for patients who are in good health, but have not been able to adapt to prosthetics, after one or both upper limbs were amputated. Patients can expect some level of function from the new limb, and will be able to perform daily tasks.
Our program represents a partnership between UHN's
Ajmera Transplant Centre and
Trillium Gift of Life Network.
Patients are thoroughly evaluated before being identified as a candidate for surgery.
Candidates will be evaluated by surgeons, transplant immunologists, internists, and psychiatrists.
The Vascularized Composite Allograft (VCA) committee will review the evaluations and determine if a patient may be suitable for surgery.
If the VCA committee and the patient both agree that a transplantation is a good choice, the patient will become eligible for a transplant, and Trillium Gift of Life Network will be notified. The patient will then be referred to a hand therapist, to develop a post-operative therapy plan.
Surgery is performed at
Toronto Western Hospital.
Following a transplant, a patient will take life-long immunosuppressant medication, to prevent his or her body from rejecting the new limb. The
transplant team at
Toronto General Hospital works with patients to manage their immunosuppressant medication. After discharge from the hospital, patients receive therapy at the Hand Therapy Clinic at the Toronto Western Hospital.
Learn more about our program.
Your first appointment can take 2 hours or more. Follow-up appointments usually take 15 to 30 minutes.
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Medical Director: Dr. Steve McCabe
Patient Care Coordinator: Robyn Beechey, RN, BScN
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You will be contacted with information about your first appointment.
Please bring the following to your appointment. Not all of these items may be needed for your appointment. Our clinic or your referring doctor will let you know what you must bring.
Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment.
When you arrive, you will sign in with the receptionist. You will need your health card (OHIP card) to sign-in. If you do not have an OHIP card, please bring another form of government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport.
You may be given a Measuring Health Equity Questionnaire to fill out. This form contains questions about your background. We collect this information to find out who we serve and what unique needs you may have. The form is voluntary and you can choose ‘prefer not to answer’ to any or all questions. However, the information you choose to give us will help us improve the quality of care for you and others.
First appointments take longer than follow-up appointments. Your first appointment can take 2 hours or more. Follow-up appointments usually take 15 to 30 minutes. We do everything we can to stay on time but sometimes unforeseen circumstances may delay your appointment.
At the end of your first appointment, the nurse or doctor will give you a contact list for your health care team. If you don’t get a contact list, feel free to ask for it.
After every appointment, a member of your health care team will tell you about your next visit. Be sure you understand what is going to happen next. For example, know the time and place of your next visit or if someone will call you with this information.
If you are unsure about what your next steps are, don’t be afraid to ask a member of your team. We are here to help you.
We understand that reaching us by phone can sometimes be difficult. Often our phone lines are busy or are turned over to the message centre so our staff can prepare for clinic visits or help other patients. We make every effort to return your call within 24 hours. Our staff will try to reach you 2 times. If we are not able to reach you directly you may need to call us again.