Because of meticulous pre-planning, the surgery took Rodriguez just over a day to complete. He finished up one of the most technologically advanced face transplants in the early hours of January 6, 2018, 25 hours after surgery began.
The technology available for these kinds of surgeries has improved rapidly even in just the last few years, says Rodriguez. With better 3D printing, imaging, and other tools, doctors can work even faster and with even higher levels of precision, to give people in need even better faces. Still, the resources needed, like specially-trained doctors and registered donors, is still not very widespread. Perhaps as the technology advances, this type of treatment will become more accessible to those who need it.