Surgeons in Boston are looking for leg-transplant candidates

05/27/2013 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital is screening patients for leg-transplant surgery, an experimental procedure never before performed in the U.S. and reportedly performed only twice elsewhere. Doctors would begin with double amputees, as patients with a single prosthesis are usually better able to walk. Leg transplants are controversial because many doctors believe they can't be justified unless they provide better results than prostheses, and that is "a higher hurdle to overcome" because the technology is so advanced, said plastic surgeon W. P. Andrew Lee of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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