Well hand transplants are still very new. In fact there have been only about 60 performed transplants in the world. So there are still many complications, like the body rejecting the hand. That is why a patient must take anti-rejection pills their entire lives while still running the risk of rejection. As for functioning, if the procedure is a success, all the tissue and nerve endings were successfully connected, and the hand does not get rejected, then the hand works fine. Although, there has not been enough data collected from long-term patients, as long as the patient exercises the hand everyday and have no othe complications, the nerve should grow about 1 inch per month while functioning properly
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