The Cleveland Clinic says the operation took 22 hours to complete. "One of the most complex surgeries performed" remarked a doctor today, as the center told the world about the face transplant conducted a few weeks ago. We have little detail on the women who underwent the surgery. Her name and the reason why she needed a face transplant is being kept from the public. Suffice to say, doctors at the Cleveland Clinic did there best to justify the cutting edge surgery as medically necessary. Take a look at this animation released by the clinic to give a visual of how much of the woman’s face as well as the underlying muscle and tissue was removed and replaced. Doctor say the woman is recovering well doctors say.