RECENT WORLD-PREMIERES

•    1983 – HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) discovery, starting point of efficient treatments against AIDS by Pr. Luc Antoine Montagnier and Pr. Françoise Barré-Sinoussi (born 1947), virologists - both joint winners of the 2008 Physiology Nobel Prize - and Pr. Jean-Claude Chermann

•    1986 - Coronary stent implanted by Pr. Jacques Puel in Toulouse

•    1986 - Balloon aortic valvuloplasty by Pr. Alain Cribier in Rouen

•    1995 - Mitral commissurotomy (one or more incisions at the edges of the commissure formed between two or three valves, in order to relieve constriction such as occurs in valvular stenosis) by Pr. Alain Cribier in Rouen

•    1998 – Hand transplant with Pr. Jean-Michel Dubernard in Lyon

•    2002 - TAVI (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation) inserted by Pr. Alain Cribier in Rouen

•    2005 - Partial face transplant on a living human performed by Pr. Bernard Devauchelle, Benoit Lengelé and Pr. Jean-Michel Dubernard in Amiens

•    2013 – The French CARMAT (CARpentierMATra), fully implantable autonomous artificial heart to be implemented into a human by Pr. Alain Carpentier

•    2016- 2017 – Successful skin transplant performed by Pr. Alain Mimoun in Paris on a 33 years old man with 98% burns

•    2017 - Treatment for endometriosis by ultrasound by Pr. Gil Dubernard in Lyon. A much less invasive method and without serious consequences, compared to traditional highly invasive surgical procedure 

•    2017 – Surgical operation with virtual reality and holographic projection, Dr. Thomas Gregory in Paris

•    2018 – France celebrated 50 years of heart transplants, having performed the first in Europe with pioneer Pr. Christian Cabrol in April 1968. Since, France remains the European leader with 500 heart transplants per annum (circa 10% of the transplants performed in the world 

•    2018 – Artificial trachea transplant by Pr. Emmanuel Martinod in Paris

•    2018 – Mitral valve’s replacement under endoscopy, avoiding heart or thorax surgery, by Pr. Eric Van Belle and Dr. Thomas Modine in Lille