First US Surgeon Performs New Advanced Microsurgery at The Curtis National Hand Center

In an innovative surgery, not accessible anywhere else in the United States, Dr. James Higgins, chief of the Curtis National Hand Center at Baltimore’s MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, used a new microsurgery method to transplant bone, cartilage and blood vessels into the wrist of a patient with Kienbock’s disease.

July 18, 2016

In an innovative surgery, not accessible anywhere else in the United States, Dr. James Higgins, chief of the Curtis National Hand Center at Baltimore’s MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, used a new microsurgery method to transplant bone, cartilage and blood vessels into the wrist of a patient with Kienbock’s disease. The severely painful and debilitating condition has no known cause and most often strikes young male patients in the teenage years or twenties. If left untreated, the wrist develops progressive arthritis and loss of function, even at this young age.

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