Surgeons Start Process for Possible Face Transplant

Surgeons in Pittsburgh are seeking approval for a “face transplant” operation.  Such a procedure could restore normal facial characteristics to a patient who has experienced devastating facial trauma.

Maybe you remember the “near-total face transplant” performed by Cleveland Clinic surgeons in 2008.  The operation required 22 hours and a large, multi-skilled medical team.

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, doctors and plastic surgeons at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center want to perform a similar operation in the future.  The surgeons have experience with hand transplants — procedures that require advanced techniques to reconnect tissues, veins and blood vessels.  A face transplant however, would have different cosmetic goals and could require donation of organs that are difficult to procure.

Read more: UPMC Wants in on face transplants

Dr. Lee B. Daniel, Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
244 Country Club Rd
Eugene OR   97401