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  • Following several years of research and collaboration, physicians and engineers at Johns Hopkins and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center say they have developed a computer platform that provides rapid, real-time feedback before and during facial transplant surgery, which may someday improve face-jaw-teeth alignment between donor and recipient. (hopkinsmedicine.org)
  • Called the computer-assisted planning and execution (CAPE) system, the platform is first used to help plan surgery once a donor has been identified for transplantation. (hopkinsmedicine.org)
  • For the study, the team performed donor-to-recipient, Le Fort-based face-jaw-teeth transplantation on two plastic models and two human cadavers using the CAPE system. (hopkinsmedicine.org)
  • As part of the procedure, surgeons connect the patient's major arteries and veins to those from a donor face, or facial allograft, to ensure healthy circulation in the transplanted tissue. (itnonline.com)
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  • Surgeons performed the first successful transplant of facial features, including the jaw and teeth, in 2008, mainly relying on visual judgment. (hopkinsmedicine.org)
  • Every time the donor's jaw-teeth segment moves during facial transplant inset, the computer recalculates its movements in comparison to the face transplant recipient, meaning the surgical team can have unprecedented visual data in achieving ideal alignment of the face, jaw and teeth," explains Gordon. (hopkinsmedicine.org)
  • December 4, 2013 - For the first time, researchers have found that the blood vessels in face transplant recipients reorganize themselves, leading to an understanding of the biologic changes that happen after full face transplantation. (itnonline.com)
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  • Gordon says the current prototype system can assist face-jaw-teeth transplantation, known as Le Fort-based jaw surgery, and can help surgeons in all forms and types of craniofacial surgery, in both adults and children. (hopkinsmedicine.org)
  • The key finding of this study is that, after full face transplantation, there is a consistent, extensive vascular reorganization that works in concert with the larger vessels that are connected at the time of surgery," Kumamaru said. (itnonline.com)