AMSURG Partner Dr. David Shenassa Uses Pig Cells to Regrow an Athlete’s Finger

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AMSURG partner David Shenassa, M.D., Weston Outpatient Surgical Center of Weston, Fla., was featured on WPLG Local 10 News, an ABC news affiliate in the Miami area, discussing a treatment used on a softball player to regrow her finger tip. The cell therapy was made from a pig’s bladder and was attached to the finger, stimulating the human cells to reproduce.

“Whether that tissue is an abdominal wound, a finger tip, bone muscle… this allows us and the patient to regrow their own tissue,” Dr. Shenassa said. “We would just hope to get some length on the finger tip because she’s an athlete just so she can grip the ball and actually bat. I told her that she should expect that she won’t have any nail growth, and to our surprise she even had her complete nail grow back.”

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Dr. Shenassa is a fellowship-trained hand, wrist and microvascular surgeon. He specializes in reconstructive surgery on the hand and wrist, sports injuries and trauma.