Nearly 30 Cleveland Clinic nurses and surgical technologists participated in the organization’s second near-total face transplant last fall. The procedure required a lot of advance planning and care coordination.
Cleveland Clinic President and CEO, Delos Cosgrove, MD, shares his thoughts on the second, 24.5-hour face transplant completed in late September.
A nine-surgeon, 24.5-hour face transplant is bound to hold lessons about teamwork in healthcare. The surgeon who co-directed Cleveland Clinic’s second face transplant shares his learnings and runs through the many roles involved.
Technical advancements include the first-ever inclusion of the bilateral internal maxillary arteries in a face transplant and an unprecedented and so-far successful attempt to preserve the patient’s vision.