You may remember the first face transplant ever performed in the U.S., which took place in 2008 at the Cleveland Clinic. Under the direction of Dr. Maria Siemionow, surgeons worked for 22 hours to restore a woman’s face years after she had suffered severe facial trauma.
Now doctors at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center are seeking approval to perform a similar operation.
According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, doctors at the UPMC have performed hand transplants before — procedures that require highly advanced surgery techniques that reconnect tissues, veins and blood vessels. A face transplant is far more complex and may require donation of organs that are very difficult to procure.