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Plastic Surgery Blog - My Plastic Surgeon USA Updates

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

First US Face Transplant A Success!

My Plastic Surgery USA reported several months ago about the first successful face transplant in the United States. Today, Connie Culp, the recipient of the transplant of her upper jaw, upper lip and nose, held a news conference at Cleveland Clinic. Her progress has been outstanding and the surgery has been called a success, due to the skill and innovation of the board certified plastic surgeons who performed the 15 hour long surgery.

From the CNN article:

Dr. Maria Siemionow, the Cleveland, Ohio, hospital's director of plastic surgery research and head of microsurgery training, had more than 20 years of experience in complex transplants. By 2004, Siemionow was looking for the right candidate for a face transplant who wasn't doing it for vanity.

"They are not looking to go out on the street and be beautiful," Siemionow told CNN in a 2006 interview. "Some of these patients, when they were interviewed just said 'I want to walk on the street and just make sure I am not sticking out.' They just want to have a normal face."

The doctors examined the patient's history, motivation and ability to understand the risks of the transplant. And they found Culp to be an ideal candidate.

Read the entire article here.

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