2 years after face transplant, Andy’s smile shows his progress

It has been 2½ years since Andy Sandness was wheeled into an operating room at Mayo Clinic’s Rochester, Minnesota, campus for a 56-hour marathon surgery to give him a complete face transplant. Everything about his life changed that day. And at breakfast on a December morning in Rochester, Sandness says he is finally living the […]

Mayo’s first face transplant patient meets donor’s family

“Thank you so much.” It is a heartfelt message Andy Sandness has been eager to deliver personally ever since becoming Mayo Clinic’s first face transplant recipient in 2016. His opportunity finally arrived recently, when he met the widow of his donor, Lilly Ross. She was every bit as eager to see and hear for herself […]

Face transplant — how the surgical team prepared: Mayo Clinic Radio

Mayo Clinic has performed its first, near-total face transplant. The goal of face transplantation is to restore facial structures and improve function for patients with devastating injury or deformity. To prepare for this highly complex surgery, the surgical team used virtual surgical planning technology and 3-D printing to optimize the outcomes of the surgery. On the […]

Mayo Clinic Radio: Face transplant — how the surgical team prepared

Mayo Clinic has performed its first, near-total face transplant. The goal of face transplantation is to restore facial structures and improve function for patients with devastating injury or deformity. To prepare for this highly complex surgery, the surgical team used virtual surgical planning technology and 3-D printing to optimize the outcomes of the surgery. On the […]

Mayo Clinic Radio: Face transplant / kids and screen time / domestic abuse

Mayo Clinic has performed its first, near-total face transplant. The goal of face transplantation is to restore facial structures and improve function for patients with devastating injury or deformity. To prepare for this highly complex surgery, the surgical team used virtual surgical planning technology and 3-D printing to optimize the outcomes of the surgery. On the […]

Transforming a life: Mayo Clinic announces its first face transplant

“There are no words to express just how grateful I am for this gift,” says Andy Sandness. The 32-year old Wyoming man received the first-ever face transplant performed at Mayo Clinic. “This is an extraordinary example of the teamwork, collaboration and compassion that we provide,” says Samir Mardini, M.D., Ph.D., medical director of Mayo Clinic’s Essam and Dalal Obaid Center […]

Mayo Clinic announces successful face transplant on Wyoming man

ROCHESTER, Minn. ― A multidisciplinary team of surgeons, physicians and other health professionals recently completed a near-total face transplant on a Wyoming man on Mayo Clinic’s Rochester campus. The extensive, life-changing surgery will improve the patient’s ability to chew, swallow, speak, breathe and smell. The recipient, Andrew Sandness, is a 32-year-old man from eastern Wyoming […]

Science Saturday: Pioneering living donor cartilage transplants

Mayo Clinic is poised to establish what is believed to be the first-ever living cartilage donor bank to provide a new regenerative option for healing common knee injuries. That donor bank will lay the foundation for living donor musculoskeletal tissue transplants — a first at Mayo Clinic and possibly in the world — to help restore […]

Innovative transplants offer hope for patients with rare autoimmune disorder

As a career military man, Chris Ryals was used to being physically active. The Air Force master sergeant regularly ran, visited the gym and lifted weights. But in early 2017, he was diagnosed with latent tuberculosis and started on oral medication. Soon thereafter, he began experiencing pain in his feet while preparing for a fitness […]

Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: COVID-19 lung damage could lead to a transplant

Severe lung damage has been a serious outcome for COVID-19 patients who survive and face recovery from the disease. “As we know, lungs are one of the major organs that are involved with COVID infection,” says Dr. Sadia Shah, a Mayo Clinic transplant pulmonologist and critical care physician. “In severe cases, the patient’s lungs can […]

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