Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center, with internationally known surgeons and researchers, has grown steadily for more than 50 years. Our goal is to restore to patients the function and quality of life associated with strong, healthy hands, wrists and arms. Since 1960, more than 1,200 physicians from 58 countries have been trained as Hand Fellows in advanced microsurgical techniques in our Institute. The Christine M. Kleinert Institute is the world’s largest Hand Fellowship Program in the world.
Significant Achievements: Nation’s first five hand transplants, one of the world’s first cross-hand replantations, pioneered work in primary reconstruction using free tissue transfer, and national award for research in blood flow to the nerve. We Performed the World’s First: reported repair of a digital artery, bilateral upper arm replantation, reported successful technique for primary flexor tendon repair, vascularized epiphyseal transfer, and bilateral forearm replantation.
As composite tissue allotransplantation (CTA) progresses from its investigational status to a standard-of-care option for persons with traumatic amputations and disfiguring injuries, civilian and military healthcare providers require access to the scientific advancements of this field. The current military actions in the Middle East demonstrate that, although protective equipment and the early, skilled response to injuries have saved more lives than in past conflicts, the exposure to improvised explosive devices has increased the frequency of devastating limb and facial damage.