Our surgeons are among the few in the world with experience performing successful face transplants.
At NYU Langone’s Face Transplant Program, part of the Hansjörg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery, our experts have performed multiple face transplants, including the most extensive face transplant to date and the first in New York state. We are pioneers in face transplant surgery, as one of only a handful of medical centers in the United States—and the only one in New York state—with a dedicated program for face transplants.
A face transplant is an incredibly complex procedure that requires the expertise of more than 100 physicians, nurses, medical staff, and support staff. This surgery involves the transplantation of facial tissue from a deceased donor to a person with a severe facial deformity. A face transplant has the potential to transform a person’s life by restoring function, appearance, and sensation in the face, as well as enhancing overall quality of life.
We use the most advanced three-dimensional (3D) imaging technology before and during the surgery to create a model of the donor’s face, map out the complex procedure for the recipient, develop a plan to achieve maximum aesthetic and functional results, and guide the entire operation.
As innovators, our experts in the Face Transplant Program continue to perform research to improve all aspects of this procedure. Most recently, our surgeons achieved the shortest wait time of approximately 18 months, from initial injury to the face transplant surgery, for a patient. This substantial reduction in wait time allows for better physical and emotional recovery for our patients.
“The journey hasn’t been easy, but it’s been well worth it.”
–Cameron, Age 26; Read All Face Transplant Patient Stories
Our surgeons’ experience and expertise have also helped them reduce the length of the surgery itself, which lowers the risk of complications for patients. The face transplant team has decreased the time in the operating room from more than 36 hours to approximately 25 hours. This reduced surgery time helps to decrease the amount of time a patient stays in the hospital after the procedure, allowing them to return home sooner.
After our patients leave the hospital, they continue outpatient rehabilitation therapy, which often involves a combination of physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. They also take anti-rejection medications to help the body’s response to the new organ, and NYU Langone’s new anti-rejection therapies are helping to provide better outcomes for our patients.
If you are a physician or a patient who would like more information about our face transplant services, please contact us at 646-501-4481.
Our surgeons specialize in the complex reconstructive surgical procedures and regenerative medicine techniques that are required to perform a successful face transplant.View All Doctors
Dr. Rodriguez performed his first face transplant in 2012. When he joined the faculty of NYU Langone in November 2013 as chair of the Hansjörg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery, one of his goals was to develop and launch a face transplant program. To perform the most extensive face transplant to date, he led a team of physicians, nurses, and staff and educated them on the intricacies of facial transplantation. The team includes experts in plastic surgery, anesthesiology, critical care, emergency services, nursing, ophthalmology, perioperative services, physical medicine and rehabilitation, psychiatry, radiology, and social work.View Full Profile