I was in an accident, my left maxillary nerve was severed. Can nerves be repaired after 50+ yrs or is there a time limit? Photo
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Longstanding nerve injury
There are 2 different nerve issues involved. The motor nerve a branch of cranial nerve seven inner cares the muscles of the face and usually the muscle cannot recover after 2 years of lack of stimulation from the nerve. Hence that's the bad news. The sensory nerve is a branch of cranial nerve 5 although best to have immediate repair does not have the same limitations and may get some regeneration but the odds are definitely against you. You age decreases the chance of recover even with repair and I think you may have no more than 10% chance to get some sensation return. It will never be completely normal sensation even if there is a return of some. There are other procedures that can help the appearance and make it look better and more balanced. Good luck!
Dr. Kaila MD FRCSC
Reanimation of the face 50 years after injury.
Facial nerve injuries 49 years ago
if you are anywhere near Newport News, Virginia, I strongly suggest that you contact the office of Dr. Julia Terzis. She is a pioneer in facial nerve repair.
Assuming you can see her in consultation, she should be able to tell if anything can be done, and if so, what approach and what to expect. Best wishes.
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