Face transplantation surgery is the transfer of face tissue from a deceased human donor to a patient with a severe facial deformity. Face transplantation is an innovative reconstructive procedure that has the potential to significantly improve the lives of patients with severe facial injuries. The purpose of this study is to develop the best practices for facial transplantation that will improve the outcomes of future face transplant recipients.
DescriptionThe United States Department of Defense (DoD) awarded Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) a research contract to fund 5 face transplantation surgeries.
The investigators are now actively seeking candidates for the procedure. The primary requirements to be considered as a candidate for face transplant surgery are: at least 18 years old; lost a major part of the face, such as the nose or the lips, or lost at least 25% of their facial tissue; and the facial injury cannot be treated acceptably by conventional reconstructive surgery. There are number of other factors that the investigators consider to determine who would be a suitable candidate.
From the time the investigators begin our search for a qualified face transplant recipient to the continuing care the investigators provide following surgery, a significant amount of time, expertise, and attentiveness is contributed toward making the procedure a progressive success. Below is an overview of what happens before, during and after a face transplant procedure. ...