Face Transplantation

A self-explanatory procedure that was Hollywood fiction in 1997 (Face/Off, starring Nicholas Cage and John Travolta, John Woo, director), and a reality 10 years later, with operations planned or already under team belts in France, US, UK and China
Indications Patients disfigured by trauma, including gunshot wound, maulings—dogs, bears—burns, birth defects, neurofibromatosis, etc.
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The field of face transplantation is young, and we are all learning about our interventions and their outcomes," Pomahac said.
29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Face transplantation can dramatically enhance a patient's quality of life after severe facial trauma, but lack of attention to eyelid function and vision can leave patients with impaired vision, corneal exposure, eyelid retraction that occurs when the upper or lower eyelid pulls away from the eyeball, and other eyelid-related complications.
The country is 3rd in the world with regard to liver, bone marrow, kidney and face transplantation operations.
Kaya's surgery became the seventh face transplantation performed in Turkey in the past two years.
Once viewed as an "outlandish morally objectionable" concept with science-fiction overtones, face transplantation is now accepted as a "feasible and necessary treatment" for severely disfigured patients.
But, we need a long-term strategic plan for solving the problems that face transplantation in the United States.
In case of face transplantation, facial tissue from a donor is transferred to reconstruct the defect, restore essential life-sustaining functions like breathing, chewing and speaking and, above all, re-establish normal human appearance.
In the future, Mayo Clinic plans to expand to include face transplantation, which will complement Mayo Clinic's existing facial reconstructive surgery program for complex deformities of the face caused by congenital issues, trauma and illness.
In a statement, the RCS said: "The College still has grave concerns about face transplantation, and will continue to advocate a cautious approach, but in the light of research over the last three years, and more recent evidence, the working party will suggest minimum requirements that must be fulfilled before a unit or institution should contemplate undertaking facial transplantation.
The RCS said: "The college still have grave concerns about face transplantation.
In a statement, the RCS said, 'The College still has grave concerns about face transplantation, and will continue to advocate a cautious approach, but in the light of research over the last three years, and more recent evidence, the working party will suggest minimum requirements that must be fulfilled before a unit or institution should contemplate undertaking facial transplantation.
of Cape Town, South Africa) compiles a group of 13 essays by internationally based scholars in medical ethics, law, health policy, and philosophy, who weigh the harms, benefits, and ethics involving morally contested surgeries: male circumcision, female genital cutting, sex assignment and reassignment, conjoined twins separation, limb and face transplantation, and cosmetic and placebo surgeries.