Semin Plast Surg 2004; 18(1): 53-59
DOI: 10.1055/s-2004-823124
Copyright © 2004 by Thieme Medical Publishers, Inc., 333 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001 USA.

Donor Nerve Selection in Facial Reanimation Surgery

Michael Klebuc1 , Saleh M. Shenaq1
  • 1Division of Plastic Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston. TX
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Publication Date:
20 April 2004 (online)

The motor components of local cranial nerves provide a series of options for the surgical rehabilitation of the paralyzed face. Nerve donor sites vary with respect to their motor power, functional deficit, and synergy with facial expression. A thorough understanding of each donor nerve's strengths and weaknesses facilitates the selection process. Technical modifications to reduce donor site morbidity and the emerging role of the masseter nerve are examined.


Michael Klebuc, M.D. 

Division of Plastic Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine

6560 Fannin, #800, Houston, TX 77030