Israel Society for Surgery of the Hand ISSH
Hand Surgery in Israel
In the early 60 s, a few members of the Israeli Orthopedic Society and the Israeli Plastic Surgery Society developed a special interest in surgery of the hand.
Professor Isidor Kessler was the first to convert his occupation from general orthopedics to surgery of the hand as his primary and then sole profession.
In order to do so he first studied under the Boyes group in California, where he was active mainly in development the Niebauer Prostheses.
After his return to Israel, he opened the first service for surgery of the hand at the Kaplan Medical Center.
In 1967, after the Six-day War, many upper limb injuries needed to efficient and professional care. Because of the wars to come, the War of Attrition and Yom Kippur War that followed, there were over 10,000 injured, about a third of which suffered from upper limb injuries.
The ministry of health founded five medical units dedicated to surgery of the hand.
Today there are hand surgery units in all medical centers in Israel as well as a hand surgery department at the Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan.