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Major breakthroughs in hand surgery

  • SP Chow1
BMC Proceedings20159(Suppl 3):A6

Published: 19 May 2015


Public HealthTissue EngineeringGenetic EngineeringOrganizational LevelScientific Advance
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.

Authors’ Affiliations

Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong


© Chow; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2015

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