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Cross Facial Nerve Graft

Offering perfect results in cross facial nerve graft procedures, Dr. Be significantly improves the quality of life of his patients with personalized treatment plans. As a result of these excellent results, patients achieve the results they desire both psychologically and physically.

What is a Cross Facial Nerve Graft?

Cross facial nerve graft, an advanced procedure that is frequently used in the treatment of facial paralysis, aims to regain movement of paralyzed facial muscles. In this treatment, a nerve branch taken from the other half of the healthy face is connected to the nerves on the paralyzed side, allowing the nerves to fuse and fuse correctly. Thus, within a month or a year, the healthy nerves fuse with the paralyzed nerve and begin to move actively.

Cross facial nerve graft operation, which is performed using precise surgical techniques, helps the face regain its symmetrical and natural appearance in general terms and offers a permanent solution when successful. As a result, the facial muscles regain their natural movement, helping to normalize the patient's facial expressions and movements.

How is Cross Facial Nerve Graft Procedure Done?

Cross facial nerve graft surgery is a complex and delicate surgical procedure used to treat facial paralysis. The main goal of this surgery is to restore muscle function by connecting a healthy nerve supply to the paralyzed side of the face.

In this operation, the surgeon first makes a small incision in the back of the leg and removes the sural nerve. The nerve is carefully cut and moved to the operation area.

Then another incision is made to reach the nerves in the facial area. After this incision, the facial nerve and muscles are carefully exposed. Then, the healthy sural nerve is carefully connected to the facial nerve in the paralyzed area under a microscope using microsurgical methods. After the connection, the necessary fixation procedures are performed to keep the nerve in the correct position and ensure blood flow.

Finally, after the procedure is completed, the surgical sites are carefully closed and wrapped with sterile bandages.

How is Cross Facial Nerve Graft Procedure Done?

Benefits of Cross Facial Nerve Graft for Facial Paralysis

There are many advantages of cross facial nerve graft surgery, which provides an advantage in facial paralysis traumas. One of these advantages is the increase in self-confidence and positive situations in the social life of the person. To examine these advantages in detail, they are as follows;

  • Restoring the Function of Facial Muscles:Cross facial nerve graft surgery is a procedure that allows the patient to use facial muscles more effectively by restoring muscle functions lost as a result of facial paralysis.
  • Correction of Facial Symmetry:This facial paralysis surgery improves facial symmetry as it restores muscle movement on the paralyzed side of the face. In this way, it significantly improves aesthetic appearance and facial expressions.
  • Restoration of Smile and Other Facial ExpressionsRestoring socially and emotionally important facial expressions, especially the smile, improves the patient's quality of life and rebuilds self-confidence.
  • Improvement of Speech and Eating Functions:Restoring facial muscle function reduces difficulties in daily activities such as speaking and eating.
  • Psychological and Emotional Recovery:Restoring facial expressions and movements puts the patient in a positive emotional and psychological mood. This allows them to feel more comfortable in social interactions.
  • Minimal Invasiveness:Using nerve grafts from another part of the body, such as the sural nerve, this surgery is performed with minimally invasive techniques, so recovery can be relatively quick and comfortable.

Things to Consider Before and After Cross Facial Nerve Graft

Many points need to be considered before and after the cross facial nerve graft operation. These points help the surgical process to be easier and more comfortable, while at the same time providing a rapid postoperative recovery process. For this reason, it is absolutely necessary to take into account the advice and warnings given by the doctor after the procedure.

Things to Consider Before Cross Facial Nerve Graft

There are points to be aware of before undergoing a cross facial nerve graft procedure. These points help to be fully prepared for the treatment. Therefore, the following warnings should be taken into consideration.

  1. A detailed consultation with the surgeon: efore the surgery, a detailed consultation with the doctor should be held and information about all stages of the operation, risks and expected results should be obtained. This meeting is important for the patient to clarify his/her expectations and for the doctor to be informed about the patient's medical history.
  2. Evaluation of Medical History: The patient's entire medical history, previous illnesses, surgeries and current health status should be evaluated by the doctor. Especially information about chronic diseases and allergies should be given.
  3. Medication Use: The doctor should be informed about the medications used regularly by the patient. Some medications may need to be stopped or changed before surgery. Especially blood thinners should be discontinued in the preoperative period.
  4. Smoking and Alcohol Use:Smoking and alcohol use should be avoided in the period before surgery. Because smoking can negatively affect the healing process and increase the risk of complications.
  5. Nutrition and Diet: Care should be taken to eat a balanced and healthy diet in the preoperative period. For this, it may be necessary to fast on the day of surgery and the night before, as recommended by the doctor.
  6. Laboratory and Imaging Tests:All laboratory and imaging tests ordered by the doctor should be performed on time. These tests are important to determine whether the patient is suitable for surgery.

Things to Consider After Cross Facial Nerve Graft

In order to achieve positive results after the cross facial nerve graft procedure, care must be taken. In this way, a faster healing process can be experienced and postoperative scars can heal more quickly.

  1. Rest:: After surgery, the body needs rest and healing. For this reason, physical activities should be restricted in the postoperative period and adequate sleep should be provided.
  2. Drug Use:: Painkillers and antibiotics prescribed by the doctor should be used regularly. Medications should be taken at the prescribed dose and time, and unnecessary medication should be avoided.
  3. Wound Care:The wound in the operation area should be cleaned and maintained regularly. The instructions given by the doctor regarding wound care should be followed and hygiene rules should be observed. Otherwise, the operated area may become infected and infection may occur.
  4. Nutrition:: The most important thing to pay attention to in the postoperative period is to pay attention to a balanced and healthy diet. For this, drink plenty of water and consume vitamin-rich foods. Especially protein and vitamin intake should be emphasized.
  5. Physical Activity:Another important point to be considered in the postoperative period is to avoid heavy physical activities for the first few weeks. For this, you should start with simple activities such as light walks and follow the exercise program recommended by the doctor.
  6. Physiotherapy:Physiotherapy should be started when deemed necessary. Physiotherapy is important for strengthening muscles and increasing mobility.
  7. Sensory and Motor Function Monitoring:After the procedure, the development of sensory and motor functions on the face should be carefully monitored. Thus, any abnormality or unexpected situation should be reported to the doctor immediately.
  8. Facial Exercises:Facial exercises recommended by the doctor should be done regularly. These exercises can help to strengthen the facial muscles and restore mobility.

Who Are Candidates for Cross Facial Nerve Graft Operation?

The immobility of facial muscles after facial nerve traumas can affect patients psychologically as well as negatively affect their quality of life. For this reason, a cross facial nerve graft operation is performed for patients to have a better quality of life. If you want to understand whether you are the right candidate for facial nerve transfer, you need to answer the following questions.

  • If your facial paralysis does not show signs of improvement for more than 1 year Permanent weakness or immobility of the facial muscles due to complete or partial loss of the facial nerve
  • If the facial paralysis is advanced and does not respond to other treatment methods Permanent damage to the facial nerve as a result of accident or trauma If paralysis has appeared on your face after tumor surgeries
  • If the facial paralysis is advanced and does not respond to other treatment methods
  • Permanent damage to the facial nerve as a result of accident or trauma
  • If paralysis has appeared on your face after tumor surgeries

We can say that you are a suitable candidate for transverse facial nerve graft treatment. However, you should contact Dr. Be for more detailed information on this subject. This way, you can get information about whether you are the right candidate for transverse facial nerve graft surgery

Which Nerves Are Used for Cross Nerve Grafting?

The nerves to be transplanted to the face during cross facial nerve grafting treatment are the surac nerves located at the back of the leg. These nerves have a sensory nerve structure and do not affect walking or other motor activities. Therefore, no patient complains about this procedure. However, some patients may experience a small loss of sensation on the side of the foot. In this case, it is quite normal and there is no need to worry.

How Long Does it Take for a Cross Facial Nerve Graft to Grow?

The growth process varies according to the length of the nerves transplanted to the person's facial area, the specific target, the age of the person and the exposure to radiation. Therefore, it would be wrong to give an exact time. However, on average, the nerves added to the person's facial area grow within 6 to 12 months.

How Long Does it Take for a Cross Facial Nerve Graft to Grow?

Cross Facial Nerve Graft For Facial Paralysis Cost

Contrary to popular belief, cross facial nerve graft treatment is a very cost-effective procedure. At this point, we recommend that you do a detailed research on the cost of temporalis cross facial nerve graft surgery. In this way, you can perform the cross facial nerve graft procedure in an affordable and high quality way.

Cross Facial Nerve Graft Before After Gallery

You can view our cross facial nerve graft gallery to see the results of Dr. Be's successful cross facial nerve graft surgery in facial nerve trauma.

Why Doctor Be in Cross Facial Nerve Graft?

Dr. Be,one of the best facial paralysis surgeons in Turkey, has a wide range of experience and expertise in the cross facial nerve graft technique, and at the same time, he offers the best and most perfect results to his patients by using the latest technology and methods. Thus, by prioritizing patient satisfaction, he has become one of the best cross facial nerve graft treatment clinics in Turkey.

Cross Facial Nerve Graft Frequently Asked Questions

Will I feel any pain or discomfort?

Since you will be under general anesthesia throughout the operation, there is no pain or discomfort. Therefore, you do not need to worry.

Will I have a follow-up appointment?

Follow-up appointments are made at certain periods during the operation. These follow-up appointments are very useful in order to predict why the procedure is beneficial. Therefore, try not to miss the follow-up appointments recommended by your doctor.

Can cross facial nerve grafting be performed on patients of any age?

Although cross facial nerve grafting is a procedure that can be performed at any age, we recommend that cross facial nerve graft surgery be performed at a young age, as additional procedures need to be applied to the person at an advanced age.

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