Review confirms safety, benefits of facial transplantation

04/29/2014 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Face transplants are safe and should be offered to more patients who need them, according to a review published in The Lancet. The procedure is still considered experimental, is expensive and poses significant risk, but face transplants can transform the lives of victims of burns, gunshots, animal bites and genetic disorders, the study authors wrote. Better methods are needed to discern which candidates are most likely to do well and which have underlying medical conditions or are unlikely to adhere to post-surgery medication regimens, the study's lead author, plastic surgeon Eduardo Rodriguez, said.

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