Spanish Surgeon Gets the Nod to Perform World's First Full Leg Transplant

by VR Sreeraman on  August 9, 2010 at 5:11 PM Organ Donation News
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A Spanish surgeon has been given the green light to carry out the world's first full leg transplant.

Surgeon Pedro Cavadas will be performing the transplant in full view of the public.
 Spanish Surgeon Gets the Nod to Perform World's First Full Leg Transplant
Spanish Surgeon Gets the Nod to Perform World's First Full Leg Transplant

Prosthetic limbs have developed to the point where most amputees with injuries below the knee do not need to risk a transplant.

Full leg transplant is for people who require whole-leg amputations caused by traffic accidents and landmine explosions. This operation is a step towards a possible chance of giving people their normal lives.

"There's nothing written about this. We're moving in uncharted waters. We're going to be the first because nobody else out there is researching this field. But it really doesn't matter who does the operation, me or another surgeon. The important thing is that it gets done," The Independent quoted Cavadas as saying.

"If I was doing this out of vanity, it would be far too dangerous. Surgery done as a way of boosting your ego tends to end up with a dead body on the operating table," he added.

Spain's National Transplant Association gave the nod for the operation was in May after the probable patient, a car-accident victim, had consented to the operation. Now the search for a donor has been started.

"It's all come about thanks to our work on lower-leg surgery. We've discovered enough from that to make it possible to carry out a full-leg operation, and to feel confident about it," Cavadas said.

The operation will be carried out in the Hospital Universitari La Fe in Valencia, with Cavadas and his team of surgeons doing the scalpel wielding and leg welding.

Source: ANI

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please suggest me the best doctor who are willing to do leg transplantation... if it is in India very helpful for me... please reply me.....if it possible please send their contact number also....


I hope this transplant is successful. It will make a world of difference for the patient. And thank you for doctors like him wanting to make a better life for his patient. Also take comfort from the scripture in Isaiah 35:1-10. Jehovah [almighty God's name] will in due and that time is short, that he will make us whole again from what ever our ailment is and take away the grief.Revelation 21:3,4 promises that God will also do away with death completely.Sincerely, Peglegsue

is it possible to transplant limb from one person to another person.. will he walk as a normal person? if yes please reply....


I so hope this operation can be a success. I'm glad that there is a humble Dr. out there who appreciates how valuble this surgery would for an amputee. I'm a below knee amputee who is unable to wear a prostetic successfully because of continuing phantom foot and stump pain. I know much your life is altered by losing a limb. If this is successful I wish Dr.s could consider something for below knee amputee who cannot tolerate a prosthesis. But until then I hope the patients who lose the whole leg get the benefit of this trial surgery,and regain a more active life. Sincerely, peglegsue

will you suggest me the best doctor because i would like to under go this type of operation.. if it is in india very helpful for me...please reply me...


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