Facial plast Surg 1998; 14(3): 179-184
DOI: 10.1055/s-2008-1064343
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Update on Facial Nerve Repair

Tessa A. Hadlock, Mack L. Cheney
  • Resident and Research Fellow, Department of Otolaryngology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Department of Surgery, Children's Hospital, and Associate Professor of Otology and Laryngology, Harvard Medical School, and Director of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston Massachusetts
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Publication Date:
02 June 2008 (online)


Facial paralysis is a complex clinical problem, and optimal management strategies continue to evolve. Areas of active investigation include improvements in neural repair techniques, and the examination of new anastomotic materials and methods, as well as the development of alternative neural bridging materials. Current controversies in nerve grafting techniques, the use of novel neural conduit materials, timing of facial nerve procedures, and frontiers in experimental nerve grafting techniques are reviewed.