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Musculoskeletal and Cutaneous SurgeryHuman Enhancement & Hand Surgery


The Department of Hand Surgery was founded in 1968 as the Hand Surgery Clinic at Nagoya University’s Branch Hospital. It moved to Nagoya University Hospital in 1996 where, in 2001, it had the distinction of being established as the first independent Department of Hand Surgery in Japan.

Research Projects

Augmented reality simulation for elbow arthroscopy
Corrective osteotomy for bone deformity using custom made plate
Multi-center rater-blinded study of early intervention with the Hand Incubator for breast-cancer-related lymph edema
Cross-cultural difference in attitudes regarding treatment for finger amputation between Japan and the US.
Development of novel technique for fragility fractures using expandable nonwoven-polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) fiber mat, high fracture toughness injectable-CPC, and PLLA stent
Development of prosthetic hand using tacit learning system
Brain function analysis for complex regional pain syndrome
Motor function reconstruction using iPS cell transplantation

Faculty Members

Hitoshi Hirata Professor Hand Surgery
Katsuyuki Iwatsuki Associate Professor Hand Surgery
Hidemasa Yoneda Associate Professor Hand Surgery


  • 2017
    1. Yamamoto M, Natsume T, Kurimoto S, Iwatsuki K, Nishizuka T, Nolte MT, Hirata H.Patients with benign hand tumors are indicated for surgery according to patient-rated outcome measures. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2017 Jan 9. pii: S1748-6815(17)30009-8. doi: 10.1016/j.bjps.2016.12.010.
  • 2016
    1. Oyama S, Shimoda S, Alnajjar FS, Iwatsuki K, Hoshiyama M, Tanaka H, Hirata H.Biomechanical Reconstruction Using the Tacit Learning System: Intuitive Control of Prosthetic Hand Rotation. Front Neurorobot. 2016 Nov 29;10:19.
    2. Nishizuka T, Iwatsuki K, Kurimoto S, Yamamoto M, Hirata H. Efficacy of a forearm band in addition to exercises compared with exercises alone for lateral epicondylitis: A multicenter, randomized, controlled trial. J Orthop Sci. 2017 Mar;22(2):289-294. doi: 10.1016/j.jos.2016.11.011.
    3. Akane M, Iwatsuki K, Tatebe M, Nishizuka T, Kurimoto S, Yamamoto M, Hirata H.Anterior interosseous nerve and posterior interosseous nerve involvement in neuralgic amyotrophy. Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2016 Dec;151:108-112. doi: 10.1016/j.clineuro.2016.11.001.
    4. Urano H, Iwatsuki K, Yamamoto M, Ohnisi T, Kurimoto S, Endo N, Hirata H.Novel Anti-Adhesive CMC-PE Hydrogel Significantly Enhanced Morphological and Physiological Recovery after Surgical Decompression in an Animal Model of Entrapment Neuropathy. PLoS One. 2016 Oct 14;11(10):e0164572. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0164572.
    5. Shinohara T, Nakamura R, Nakao E, Hirata H. Carpal tunnel syndrome associated with Kienböck disease. Nagoya J Med Sci. 2016 Aug;78(3):267-73.
    6. Kurahashi T, Iwatsuki K, Onishi T, Arai T, Teranishi K, Hirata H. Near-infrared indocyanine dye permits real-time characterization of both venous and lymphatic circulation. J Biomed Opt. 2016 Aug 1;21(8):86009. doi: 10.1117/1.JBO.21.8.086009. No abstract available.
    7. Shinohara T, Horii E, Koh S, Fujihara Y, Hirata H. Mid- to long-term outcomes after surgical treatment of chronic anterior dislocation of the radial head in children. J Orthop Sci. 2016 Nov;21(6):759-765. doi: 10.1016/j.jos.2016.07.018.
    8. Sawada H, Shinohara T, Natsume T, Hirata H. Clinical effects of internal fixation for ulnar styloid fractures associated with distal radius fractures: A matched case-control study. J Orthop Sci. 2016 Nov;21(6):745-748. doi: 10.1016/j.jos.2016.06.010.
    9. Iitsuka T, Iwatsuki K, Ota H, Hirata H. The Optimal Rehabilitation Period for Patients with Distal Radius Fractures According to the MCID in DASH Scores; A Preliminary Study. J Hand Surg Asian Pac Vol. 2016 Jun;21(2):161-6. doi: 10.1142/S2424835516500144.
    10. Iwatsuki K, Yoshida A, Shinohara T, Nakano T, Uemura J, Goto S, Hirayama M, Hoshiyama M, Hirata H. Recovery function of somatosensory evoked brain response in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome: A magnetoencephalographic study. Clin Neurophysiol. 2016 Aug;127(8):2733-8. doi: 10.1016/j.clinph.2016.05.273.
    11. Bone Joint J. 2016 Jul;98-B(7):961-8. doi: 10.1302/0301-620X.98B7.37152. Tatebe M, Iwatsuki K, Hirata H, Oguchi T, Tanaka K, Urata S. Effects of depression and inflammatory factors on chronic conditions of the wrist.
    12. Hirata H, Tanaka K, Sakai A, Kakinoki R, Ikegami H, Tateishi N. Efficacy and safety of collagenase Clostridium histolyticum injection for Dupuytren's contracture in non-Caucasian Japanese patients (CORD-J Study): the first clinical trial in a non-Caucasian population. J Hand Surg Eur Vol. 2016 Jun 16. pii: 1753193416653249.
    13. Tatebe M, Koh S, Hirata H. Long-Term Outcomes of Radial Osteotomy for the Treatment of Kienböck Disease. J Wrist Surg. 2016 May;5(2):92-7. doi: 10.1055/s-0036-1581099.
    14. Yamamoto M, Murakami Y, Iwatsuki K, Kurimoto S, Hirata H. Feasibility of four-dimensional preoperative simulation for elbow debridement arthroplasty. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2016 Apr 2;17:144. doi: 10.1186/s12891-016-0996-9.
    15. Shauver MJ, Nishizuka T, Hirata H, Chung KC. Traumatic Finger Amputation Treatment Preference among Hand Surgeons in the United States and Japan. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016 Apr;137(4):1193-202. doi: 10.1097/01.prs.0000481301.25977.80.
    16. Maroukis BL, Shauver MJ, Nishizuka T, Hirata H, Chung KC. Cross-cultural variation in preference for replantation or revision amputation: Societal and surgeon views. Injury. 2016 Apr;47(4):818-23. doi: 10.1016/j.injury.2016.02.015.
  • 2015
    1. Ota H, Iwatsuki K, Murakami Y, Nishizuka T, Kurimoto S, Yamamoto M, Hirata H. Corrective osteotomy for malunited small finger proximal phalangeal fracture using linkage simulation: A case report. J Orthop Sci. 2015 Nov 18. pii: S0949-2658(15)00045-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jos.2015.09.002.
    2. Yoneda H, Iwatsuki K, Hara T, Kurimoto S, Yamamoto M, Hirata H. Interindividual anatomical variations affect the plate-to-bone fit during osteosynthesis of distal radius fractures. J Orthop Res. 2016 Jun;34(6):953-60. doi: 10.1002/jor.23125.
    3. Hara T, Nishizuka T, Yamamoto M, Iwatsuki K, Natsume T, Hirata H. Teletriage for patients with traumatic finger injury directing emergency medical transportation services to appropriate hospitals: a pilot project in Nagoya City, Japan. Injury. 2015 Jul;46(7):1349-53. doi: 10.1016/j.injury.2015.02.022.
    4. Iwatsuki K, Deguchi M, Hirata H, Kanamono T. Spontaneously Resolved Recurrent Cervical Epidural Hematoma in a 37-Week Primigravida. Global Spine J 2015; 05(05): e44-e47 DOI: 10.1055/s-0034-1398489.
    5. Kurahashi T, Shinohara T, Hirata H. Modified dorsal percutaneous screw fixation through a transtrapezial approach for scaphoid fractures. J Hand Surg Eur Vol. 2015 Oct;40(8):868-9. doi: 10.1177/1753193414566553.
    6. Kurimoto S, Jung J, Tapadia M, Lengfeld J, Agalliu D, Waterman M, Mozaffar T, Gupta R. Activation of the Wnt/β-catenin signaling cascade after traumatic nerve injury. Neuroscience. 2015 May 21;294:101-8. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2015.02.049.
    7. Tatebe M, Iaeda T, Hirata H. The impact of lunate morphology on Kienbock’s disease. J Hand Surg Eur Vol. 2015 Jun;40(5):534-6. doi: 10.1177/1753193413491235.
    8. Ishii H, Tatebe M, Hirata H. Distal Radius Joint Surface Reconstruction Using a Pedicle Pisiform Osteochondral Transfer. J Hand Surg Am. 2015 Oct;40(10):2075-80. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2015.07.019.
    9. Nishizuka T, Shauver MJ, Zhong L, Chung KC, Hirata H. A Comparative Study of Attitudes Regarding Digit Replantation in the United States and Japan. J Hand Surg Am. 2015 Aug;40(8):1646-56, 1656.e1-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2015.05.026.
    10. Yamamoto M, Urakawa H, Nishida Y, Hirata H. Secondary aneurysmal bone cyst in the distal humerus after resection of intra-articular nodular fasciitis of the elbow. BMC Res Notes. 2015 Jul 22;8:311. doi: 10.1186/s13104-015-1279-5.
    11. Kato S, Kurimoto S, Nakano T, Yoneda H, Ishii H, Mita-Sugiura S, Hirata H. Successful transplantation of motoneurons into the peripheral nerve depends on the number of transplanted cells. Nagoya J Med Sci. 2015 Feb;77(1-2):253-63.
  • 2014
    1. Onishi T, Nishizuka T, Kurahashi T, Arai T, Iwatsuki K, Yamamoto M, Hirata H. Topical bFGF Improves Secondary Lymphedema through Lymphangiogenesis in a Rat Tail Model. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2014 Sep 8;2(8):e196. doi: 10.1097/GOX.0000000000000154.
    2. Akane M, Tatebe M, Iyoda K, Ota K, Iwatsuki K, Yamamoto M, Hirata H. Partial necrosis of the lunate after a translunate palmar perilunate fracture dislocation. Nagoya J Med Sci. 2014 Feb;76(1-2):211-6.
    3. Kato S, Tatebe M, Yamamoto M, Iwatsuki K, Nishizuka T, Hirata H. The results of volar locking plate fixation for the fragility fracture population with distal radius fracture in Japanese women. Nagoya J Med Sci. 2014 Feb;76(1-2):101-11.
    4. Nishizuka T, Kurahashi T, Hara T, Hirata H, Kasuga T. Novel intramedullary-fixation technique for long bone fragility fractures using bioresorbable materials. PLoS One. 2014 Aug 11;9(8):e104603. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0104603.
    5. Tatebe M, Nishizuka T, Hirata H, Nakamura R. Ulnar shortening osteotomy for ulnar-sided wrist pain. J Wrist Surg. 2014 May;3(2):77-84. doi: 10.1055/s-0034-1372516.
    6. Ota H, Arai T, Iwatsuki K, Urano H, Kurahashi T, Kato S, Yamamoto M, Hirata H. Pathological mechanism of musculoskeletal manifestations associated with CRPS type II: an animal study. Pain. 2014 Oct;155(10):1976-85. doi: 10.1016/j.pain.2014.06.016.
    7. Natsume T, Iwatsuki K, Nishizuka T, Arai T, Yamamoto M, Hirata H. Prostaglandin E1 alleviates neuropathic pain and neural dysfunction from entrapment neuropathy associated with diabetes mellitus. Microsurgery. 2014 Oct;34(7):568-75. doi: 10.1002/micr.22281.
    8. Hirata H. How big of a threat is needlestick-injury-induced complex regional pain syndrome? A “scientific” perspective. Hand Surg. 2014;19(2):151-62. doi: 10.1142/S0218810414400012.
    9. Iwatsuki K, Tatebe M, Yamamoto M, Shinohara T, Nakamura R, Hirata H. Ulnar impaction syndrome: incidence of lunotriquetral ligament degeneration and outcome of ulnar-shortening osteotomy. J Hand Surg Am. 2014 Jun;39(6):1108-13. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2014.03.006.
    10. Iwatsuki K, Nishikawa K, Chaki M, Sato A, Morita A, Hirata H. Comparative responsiveness of the Hand 20 and the DASH-JSSH questionnaires to clinical changes after carpal tunnel release. J Hand Surg Eur Vol. 2014 Feb;39(2):145-51. doi: 10.1177/1753193413485524.
    11. Onishi T, Kurimoto S, Suzuki M, Imaeda T, Hirata H. Work-related musculoskeletal disorders in the upper extremity among the staff of a Japanese university hospital. Int Arch Occup Environ Health. 2014 Jul;87(5):547-55. doi: 10.1007/s00420-013-0898-1.
  • 2013
    1. Nishizuka T, Tatebe M, Hirata H, Shinohara T, Yamamoto M, Iwatsuki K. Simple debridement has little useful value on the clinical course of recalcitrant ulnar wrist pain. Bone Joint J. 2013 Dec;95-B(12):1687-96. doi: 10.1302/0301-620X.95B12.31918.
    2. Shinohara T, Horii E, Tatebe M, Yamamoto M, Kurimoto S, Hirata H. Stabilizing incomplete reduction of the radial head using a hinged splint: conservative treatment for a Monteggia equivalent lesion. Nagoya J Med Sci. 2013 Feb;75(1-2):131-7.
    3. Shinohara T, Tatebe M, Yamamoto M, Kurimoto S, Hirata H. A surface-based hemangioma of the radius which posed radiological diagnostic difficulties. Nagoya J Med Sci. 2013 Feb;75(1-2):125-9. Tatebe M, Shinohara T, Okui N, Yamamoto M, Kurimoto S, Hirata H. Arthroscopic lunate morphology and wrist disorders. Surg Radiol Anat. 2013 Jan;35(1):79-83. doi: 10.1007/s00276-012-0991-2.
    4. Kurimoto S, Kato S, Nakano T, Yamamoto M, Takanobu N, Hirata H. Transplantation of embryonic motor neurons into peripheral nerve combined with functional electrical stimulation restores functional muscle activity in the rat sciatic nerve transection model. J Tissue Eng Regen Med. 2013 Oct 30. doi: 10.1002/term.1844
    5. Arai T, Yamamoto M, Iwatsuki K, Natsume T, Shinohara T, Tatebe M, Kurimoto S, Ota H, Kato S, Hirata H. Mechanical advantages of a truss-structure-based fracture fixation system–a novel fracture fixation device “PinFix”. Nagoya J Med Sci. 2013 Aug;75(3-4):181-92.
    6. Iwatsuki K, Arai T, Ota H, Kato S, Natsume T, Kurimoto S, Yamamoto M, Hirata H. Targeting anti-inflammatory treatment can ameliorate injury-induced neuropathic pain. PLoS One. 2013;8(2):e57721. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0057721.
    7. Shinohara T, Tatebe M, Okui N, Yamamoto M, Kurimoto S, Hirata H. Arthroscopically assisted repair of triangular fibrocartilage complex foveal tears. J Hand Surg Am. 2013 Feb;38(2):271-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2012.11.008.
    8. Kurimoto S, Yamamoto M, Shinohara T, Tatebe M, Katsuyuki I, Hirata H. Favorable effects of explanatory illustrations attached to a self-administered questionnaire for upper extremity disorders. Qual Life Res. 2013 Jun;22(5):1145-9. doi: 10.1007/s11136-012-0233-4.
  • 2012
    1. Yamamoto M, Kurimoto S, Okui N, Tatebe M, Shinohara T, Hirata H. Sonography-assisted arthroscopic resection of volar wrist Ganglia: a new technique. Arthrosc Tech. 2012 Mar 10;1(1):e31-5. doi: 10.1016/j.eats.2011.12.007.
    2. Tatebe M, Shinohara T, Okui N, Yamamoto M, Imaeda T, Hirata H. Results of ulnar shortening osteotomy for ulnocarpal abutment after malunited distal radius fracture. Acta Orthop Belg. 2012 Dec;78(6):714-8.
    3. Kurimoto S, Tatebe M, Shinohara T, Arai T, Hirata H. Residual wrist pain after volar locking plate fixation of distal radius fractures. Acta Orthop Belg. 2012 Oct;78(5):603-10.
    4. Okui N, Yamamoto M, Fukuhira Y, Kaneko H, Hirata H. A new nerve coaptation technique using a biodegradable honeycomb-patterned film. Microsurgery. 2012 Sep;32(6):466-74.
    5. Yamamoto M, Kurimoto S, Okui N, Tatebe M, Shinohara T, Hirata H. Sonography-guided arthroscopy for wrist ganglion. J Hand Surg Am. 2012 Jul;37(7):1411-5.
    6. Tatebe M, Hirata H, Shinohara T, Yamamoto M, Morita A, Horii E. Pathomechanical significance of radial head subluxation in the onset of osteochondritis dissecans of the radial head. J Orthop Trauma. 2012 Jan;26(1):e4-6.

Research Keywords

hand surgery、orthopaedics、brain function、artificial intelligence、neuron、pain、regenerative medicine、lymph、extremity trauma、limb amputation、fracture