A news conference was hosted today at Faith Regional Health Services about another successful hand replantation surgery performed by Tristan Hartzell, MD, a fellowship-trained upper extremity surgeon at Faith Regional Physician Services.
The case involves a 19-year old patient, Benjamin Witkowski, who was jet skiing with friends in Grand Island on July 13, 2015 when his right hand and musculotendinous units were avulsed in an accident. He was flown to Faith Regional Health Services that same day where Dr. Hartzell performed a 12-hour surgery to reattach the hand and arm. This is the third total hand reattachment done by Dr. Hartzell since joining Faith Regional Physician Services in 2011. In 2014, Dr. Hartzell performed a five-finger and partial hand replantation at Faith Regional.