Because hand transplants are a relatively new procedure, it's difficult to predict what the results of your procedure will be. Following your post-transplant care plan carefully can increase your chance of regaining as much function as possible.

Although there's no guarantee on how much hand function you'll gain, hand transplant recipients have been able to:

  • Pick up small objects, such as nuts and bolts
  • Lift heavier objects with one hand, such as a full milk jug
  • Use a wrench and other tools
  • Take change into an outstretched palm
  • Use a knife and fork
  • Tie shoes
  • Catch a ball
Jun. 24, 2011