Transplant surgeons need help from the mental health community to ensure that patients who undergo hand, face, foot, and other non-solid organ transplants succeed psychiatrically, a consultant for transplant teams says.
That’s because all of the patients who have failed those procedures have done so because of psychiatric issues, according to Dr. José R. Maldonado, the psychiatric consultant for six transplant teams at Stanford (Calif.) University.
"When you wake up in the morning and look down, you see a stitched hand attached to your body," said Dr. Maldonado, an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the university. "You know that that is not a part of you."Read more at: http://www.clinicalpsychiatrynews.com/news/across-specialties/single-article/psychiatric-issues-to-blame-when-face-hand-transplants-fail/d11f174a3c398a806634756431e69cae.html