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Team Outlines Successful Total Face Transplant Approach

Operation involved 41-year-old man with full face and total scalp burn

MONDAY, July 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Successful completion of the most extensive soft-tissue clinical face transplant performed to date demonstrates the progression of facial vascularized composite allotransplantation, according to an article published in the July issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Michael Sosin, M.D., from the New York University Langone Medical Center, and colleagues developed the foundation to a facial vascularized composite allotransplantation program. The strategy included fostering a cohesive and supportive institutional clinical environment, implementing computer software and advanced technology, establishing a cadaveric transplant model, performing a research facial procurement, and selecting an optimal burn candidate.

The team successfully performed a total face, eyelids, ears, scalp, and skeletal subunit transplant in a 41-year-old man with a full face and total scalp burn.

“This surgical endeavor methodically and effectively synchronized the fundamental principles of aesthetic, craniofacial, and microvascular surgery to restore appearance and function to a patient suffering from failed conventional surgery for full face and total scalp burns,” conclude the authors.

One author disclosed financial ties to medical device companies.

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