Latest Face transplant Stories

2009-04-11 16:10:23

Doctors in Boston performed the world's seventh face transplant on Thursday, and are planning more.  "Society is allowing us to do this. I think you're going to see more and more," said Dr. Frank Papay in an interview with the Associated Press. Dr. Papay, a surgeon who assisted in the nation's first face transplant last December at the Cleveland Clinic, said this is particularly true for military personnel who have become disfigured in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The initial...

2009-04-10 13:00:35

A man severely injured in a fall has undergone the second partial face transplant performed in the United States, says a statement from a Boston hospital. Eight surgeons, led by Dr. Bohdan Pomahac at Brigham and Women's Hospital, performed the transplant Thursday during 17 hours of surgery, The Boston Herald reported Friday. The surgeons replaced the man's nose, hard palate, upper lip, facial skin, muscles that animate the face and the nerves that power them and provide sensation, the...

2009-01-21 15:56:00

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Jan. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Medical history was made 10 years ago, greatly impacting the future of transplantation and reconstructive surgery around the world when a team of surgeons performed the first hand transplant in the U.S on January 25, 1999. The procedure, also called composite tissue allotransplantation, criticized by some in the hand surgery community and lauded by others in the world of organ transplantation, has continued to lead to other innovative...

2008-12-17 16:14:00

MEADVILLE, Pa., Dec. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Carla Bluhm, a developmental psychologist and visiting assistant professor at Allegheny College, and Nathan Clendenin, Allegheny class of 2007, have recently completed a book on the psychology of face transplants. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080220/DC14623) "Someone Else's Face in the Mirror: Identity and the New Science of Face Transplants" begins with the story of Isabelle Dinoire, the recipient of the first face...

2008-12-17 12:00:00

CLEVELAND, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Background: LifeBanc, the nonprofit organ and tissue recovery organization for Northeast Ohio, participated with the Cleveland Clinic in today's historic news conference announcing the first near total face transplant in the United States. The following statement is from LifeBanc Chief Executive Officer Gordon Bowen. "In keeping with LifeBanc's mission of helping to improve and save the lives of others, we worked closely with the Cleveland...

2008-12-17 12:00:00

Surgery Largest, Most Complex of Its Kind; 80 Percent of Trauma Patient's Face Transplanted CLEVELAND, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- A multi-disciplinary team of doctors and surgeons at Cleveland Clinic recently performed the first near-total face transplant in the United States. In a 22-hour procedure performed within the past two weeks, surgeons transplanted 80 percent of a woman's face who suffered severe facial trauma -- essentially replacing her entire face, except for her upper eyelids,...

2008-12-17 09:56:00

FACE TRANSPLANTS - PLASTIC SURGERY'S WORK COMES TO LIFE CHICAGO, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Facial transplantation is plastic surgery. In fact, Maria Siemionow, MD, who performed this country's first face transplant at the Cleveland Clinic recently, is a reconstructive plastic surgeon. Facial transplantation plastic surgery offers great hope for those who suffer from severe facial disfigurement. "The nation's first face transplant is another great example of plastic surgeons...

2008-12-16 16:22:16

The Cleveland Clinic said a team of physicians has performed the first near-total face transplant ever done in the United States. The surgical team met with the media Tuesday to discuss the procedure, performed on a patient who was disfigured in a traumatic injury, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported. The newspaper said the Cleveland Clinic was the first U.S. hospital to approve the procedure four years ago. The world's first partial face transplant was conducted in 2005 in France on a woman...

2008-12-16 16:17:22

The Cleveland Clinic announced Tuesday that it had performed the nation's first face transplant two weeks ago.  Reconstructive surgeon Dr. Maria Siemionow replaced roughly 80 percent of the patient's face with that of a dead female donor.   The patient's name, age or nature of her injuries that prompted case were not released, but the hospital is planning a news conference on Wednesday to provide further details. French surgeons performed the world's first partial facial...

2008-08-22 13:20:10

The successes of two recent face transplants are showing doctors that they can regularly work and are not medical oddities. Although some recurrent episodes of tissue rejection were noted by researchers during the first year after the transplants, neither patient had psychological problems which inhibited them from rejoining society. The first operation took place in April 2006 on a patient who had been attacked by a bear 18 months earlier, leaving a large portion of tissue missing from the...

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