Restoration of the Donor after Face Graft Procurement for Allotransplantation: Report on the Technique and Outcomes of Seven Cases
ABSTRACT After organ retrieval, restoration of the donor is a legal and ethical necessity; this is particularly true in facial transplantation. However, very few data are available regarding this procedure.
This article reviews the seven facial masks produced during seven consecutive face transplants carried out at Henri Mondor Hospital in Paris, France. The time of production, morphologic outcome, and donor family feedback were recorded. Technical tips and pitfalls are also discussed.
Recording an impression of the donor's face with alginate required less than 25 minutes and, in all cases, the production of a resin mask was completed before the surgical harvesting was finished. Although all morphologic results were satisfactory or very satisfactory, the best outcomes were achieved using a total face mask, avoiding color discrepancies. Family feedback was positive, and none of the funeral ceremonies was disturbed by the procedure.
The production of a full-face resin mask is a reliable and reproducible technique. This procedure restores donor integrity and gives a very satisfactory morphologic and aesthetic outcome.
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ABSTRACT: Introduction: Current protocols for facial transplantation include the mandatory fabrication of an alloplastic "mask" to restore the congruency of the donor site in the setting of "open casket" burial. However, there is currently a paucity of literature describing the current state-of-the-art and available options. Methods: During this study, we identified that most of donor masks are fabricated using conventional methods of impression, molds, silicone, and/or acrylic application by an experienced anaplastologist or maxillofacial prosthetics technician. However, with the recent introduction of several enhanced computer-assisted technologies, our facial transplant team hypothesized that there were areas for improvement with respect to cost and preparation time. Results: The use of digital imaging for virtual surgical manipulation, computer-assisted planning, and prefabricated surgical cutting guides-in the setting of facial transplantation-provided us a novel opportunity for digital design and fabrication of a donor mask. The results shown here demonstrate an acceptable appearance for "open-casket" burial while maintaining donor identity after facial organ recovery. Conclusions: Several newer techniques for fabrication of facial transplant donor masks exist currently and are described within the article. These encompass digital impression, digital design, and additive manufacturing technology.Annals of Plastic Surgery 06/2014; 72(6):720-4. DOI:10.1097/SAP.0000000000000189 · 1.46 Impact Factor