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Old 03-08-2013, 03:17 PM   #1
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rmcgurran HB User
facial paralysis after tumor removal

Hi all,

The right side of my face was paralyzed from surgery to remove a brain tumor. The doctors said they didn't think that would happen and since no nerves in the brain were cut, it should clear up. It hasn't and it's been over a year.
Have any of you ever heard of or had facial paralysis last over a year? Did it get better? Did you need more surgery done? Any information that you're willing to share will be appreciated.

Thank you!

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Old 03-11-2013, 09:34 AM   #2
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Re: facial paralysis after tumor removal

I also had brain tumor removal (Acoustic Neuromas) in 2007 but I did have nerve damage which as left the left side of my face without the ability of muscular movement. I have tried acupuncture recently and the treatment that was used is the one that is used for Bell's Palsy. I have been told by several people that I look better. I hope that you will think it's worth a try.
Good luck.

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Old 03-11-2013, 10:13 AM   #3
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Re: facial paralysis after tumor removal

Hi Rick,

I'll give acupuncture a try. Thank you for the suggestion and your story.

Old 05-28-2013, 01:18 PM   #4
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Re: facial paralysis after tumor removal

I have a 3 year old son who had a brain tumor removed from his brain stem last July. After his surgery, he had facial paralysis on the right side. The surgeon immediately connected us with a plastic surgeon trained in nerve transplants. In order to determine if the damage is permanent, 4 months after onset they did an EMG to test the nerves. She determined it was permanent and we proceeded with a nerve graft in November. We are waiting for the results of the graft as the nerve grows a millimeter across the face per day. Unfortunately, there is a window of opportunity for the procedure (I believe 12 or 18 months). She also told us that there are other procedures that can be done, such as transplanting part of the inner thigh to the face. I would recommend contacting a plastic surgeon or perhaps start with looking up the facial paralysis institute.

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