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Major breakthroughs in hand surgery

During my 40 years of involvement with hand surgery, I have witnessed the following major breakthroughs:

  • Tendon surgery and tendon program

  • Development of artificial finger joints

  • Microsurgery

  • Various fixation systems for fractures

  • Wrist arthroscopy

Certain breakthroughs are appearing in the horizon:

  • 3-D printing

  • Tissue engineering

  • Genetic engineering

  • Intra-uterine surgery

At organizational level, the following are also important:

  • Team approach for rehabilitation

  • IFSSH, APFSSH, national societies

However, all these technical and scientific advances should be guided by future breakthroughs in the arts and humanities of medicine – the love and care for our patients.

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Correspondence to SP Chow.

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Keywords

  • Public Health
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Organizational Level
  • Scientific Advance