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Life as a CMKI Fellow at Kleinert Kutz

Posted by on Sep 13, 2022 in Fellowship, Our Fellows | 0 comments

By Salman Shiraz, MD, CMKI Senior Fellow I had been to the United States several times before my fellowship opportunity at the Christine M. Kleinert Institute (CMKI), but as a vacationing tourist. With my camera hanging around my neck, I traveled across the U.S. east coast. But moving to the U.S. for a whole year as a clinical fellow has allowed me to experience the U.S. as never before. For one thing, it would be my first time in the American Mid-West. I never expected the quaint little city of Louisville to surprise me in so many ways. The natural beauty had me captivated, and so had the...

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Posted by on Jul 1, 2021 in Staff & Fellow Publications | 0 comments

Reconstruction of complex hand injuries that involve devascularization of digits and extensive soft tissue defects requires careful planning. Management of such injuries includes, but is not limited to, skeletal stabilization, repair of tendon and nerves, revascularization followed by soft tissue coverage. Vein grafts are often required to revascularize the digits. These vein grafts need soft tissue coverage preferably using a flap [1].

The survival of digits is often not certain in severely mangled extremities and affected digits are lost. In addition, the native tissue in the zone of injury takes time to demarcate and it is difficult to determine its viability during the initial surgery [2]. If flap coverage is performed primarily, it might result in inadequate coverage due to possible wound necrosis, expanding the existing defect size. Also, if the fingers do not survive, the patient may need an additional flap in anticipation of a toe-to-hand transfer.

Hence, a temporizing measure before definitive coverage would be very useful in the reconstructive algorithm. Such a procedure would allow time to establish revascularization and demarcate the zone of injury [3]. We describe a temporizing technique using Integra® (Integra LifeScience Corporation, Plainsboro, NJ) and our experience in two cases of devascularized complex hand injuries.

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Passing of Dr. Joseph E. Kutz (1928-2020)

Posted by on Oct 13, 2020 in CMKI in the News, In the News | 0 comments

The world lost an icon when Dr. Joseph E. Kutz left us on Saturday, October 10, 2020. Dr. Kutz was born on June 11, 1928 to Joseph M & Hazel Kutz in Standish Michigan. He specialized in surgery of the hand and reconstructive microsurgery from 1964 until his retirement at the age of 87. He was a co-founder of Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center and performed the nation’s first successful hand transplant in 1999. Many people all over the world benefitted from his expertise. It was not a job to Dr. Kutz, it was his passion. Dr. Kutz was a member of numerous medical societies including the...

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Congratulations to the Christine M. Kleinert Institute Hand Surgery Fellowship Class of 2019-2020

Posted by on Aug 31, 2020 in CMKI in the News, In the News | 0 comments

Thank you Bryan for the great social distancing photograph.

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Louisville team’s seventh hand transplant recipient has six-month check-up; “Hot and cold sensation returning”

Posted by on Dec 11, 2012 in Press Releases | 0 comments

Louisville, KY—Donnie Rickelman, the seventh recipient of a hand transplant at Jewish Hospital, will return to the Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center, the Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery, and Jewish Hospital in Louisville on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 for a six-month check-up and evaluation with his team of doctors. Rickelman says, “I can feel hot and cold sensation in the hand now.” Rickelman received a new left hand in a 14½ hour procedure at Jewish Hospital on Sunday, July 10, 2011. Joseph Kutz, M.D., with Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center, led the 15-member team of...

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