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Hand Transplant Recipient to be Re-evaluated in Three-Six Months

For Immediate Release: 8/6/1999

(Louisville, Kentucky) Matthew Scott, the nation's first hand transplant recipient, will return to Louisville again in three to six months to be re-evaluated for future surgery. Scott was in town July 30-31 for a six-month checkup. Surgeons from Kleinert, Kutz and Associates Hand Care Center, PLLC and University of Louisville performed Scott's hand transplant surgery January 24-25 at Jewish Hospital. Scott said he is "very, very pleased" with the results of his new hand and feels fine.

Scott was evaluated by a number of Kleinert, Kutz and Associates Hand Care Center hand surgeons, a neurologist, therapist and orthotist under the direction of lead hand surgeon Warren C. Breidenbach, M.D., Kleinert, Kutz and Associates. Dr. Breidenbach headed the hand transplant team that performed the 15-hour surgery. "Matt has been making continuous hand therapy progress, but has reached a plateau," says Breidenbach.

After the evaluation last week, along with the results of tests performed on the peripheral nervous system, doctors have decided to wait another three to six months to re-evaluate Scott's progress before making any decision about future surgeries which may be needed to help Scott gain better flexibility and range of motion. Scott will continue with hand therapy near his home in Absecon, New Jersey. He continues to relearn using two hands for everyday living activities including driving a car, opening doors and playing with his children.

A biopsy was also performed on Scott during his checkup visit to monitor rejection. "The biopsy on July 30 showed no signs of rejection," says Jon Jones, M.D., lead transplant surgeon on the team. "We are very pleased with the results."


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