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Eligibility Criteria for Hand Transplant

Eligibility Criteria for the UCLA Hand Transplantation Program

  • UCLA Hand Transplant Surgery18-to-60 years of age

  • Good general health

  • Amputation not due to birth defect or cancer

  • Amputation of limb at the wrist or forearm

  • No serious infections such as hepatitis B or C or HIV

Contact Us

Patients who meet the basic eligibility requirements and wish to be considered for the UCLA Hand Transplantation Program should contact Dr. Kodi Azari, the Surgical Director of the Hand Transplantation Program at (310) 825-1745, for an initial evaluation.

You may also click here to contact us online. 

The process of choosing appropriate candidates for hand transplantation is highly selective. Appropriate candidates will be motivated and committed not just to the surgery but also to a rigorous program of rehabilitation that will follow. Qualified patients will undergo an additional evaluation to determine if other conditions for participating in the study are met. This evaluation will include a medical history, physical examination and lab tests, X-ray tests, in addition to a psychological profile. In addition to medical and psychological considerations, appropriate candidates will be selected based on ethical criteria weighing the benefits of transplantation versus the need for lifelong immunosuppression.   

After being accepted into the program, the patient will be placed on a waiting list until a suitable donor limb becomes available.

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