Cleveland Clinic performs second face transplant

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CLEVELAND -- Exciting news from the Cleveland Clinic.

The hospital has performed its second face transplant, and most complex transplant yet. Nine surgeons performed the operation in late September.

About 90 percent of the patient's face was replaced during the surgery that took just over 24 hours. The operation included transplantation of about two-thirds of the man's scalp, his forehead, upper and lower eyelids, eye sockets, nose, upper cheeks, upper jaw, upper teeth, facial nerves, salivary glands, facial muscles, and skin.

**For an interview with one of the doctors who performed the surgery, click the video player at the bottom of this page**

The Cleveland Clinic released pictures and details about the procedure Tuesday morning.

The patient's name has not yet been released, but the clinic said he is a middle-aged man who suffered severe face trauma and other complications from a car accident.

Since the surgery, the man is recovering well including improvements in breathing, eating and his vision. He became a candidate for a face transplant after multiple attempts failed to improve his quality of life.

In 2008, the Cleveland Clinic became the first U.S. hospital to perform a face transplant. Fewer than a dozen face transplants have been performed worldwide.