J Clin Ethics 2021 ;32(3):256-265
Resident Dentist at the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department, Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne in Carlton, Victoria, Australia.
With the recent advent of facial transplant (FT) treatment, patients who live with facial disfigurement have a new hope of improved facial aesthetics and quality of life. However, FT has been the subject of intense ethical debate, and there are numerous important ethical considerations surrounding FT that require further in-depth exploration. In the present review, the numerous ethical issues surrounding FT are elucidated, especially the weighty psychosocial impacts of FT, issues surrounding patients' consent, selection and donor matching, and current challenges with postoperative complication management and the facial reconstruction of donors. Read More