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Pittsburgh Surgeons Seek Approval for Face Transplant

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You may remember the first face transplant ever performed in the U.S., which facial_plastic_surgtook 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.

Read more at the Pittsburgh Tribune Review

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