A simplified atraumatic technique for tunneling a nerve graft in a cross-face nerve-grafting procedure


Akyurek M., Ozkan O., Safak T., Kecik A.

JOURNAL OF RECONSTRUCTIVE MICROSURGERY, cilt.18, ss.379-380, 2002 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 18 Konu: 5
  • Basım Tarihi: 2002
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1055/s-2002-33019
  • Dergi Adı: JOURNAL OF RECONSTRUCTIVE MICROSURGERY
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.379-380

Özet

This report describes a simple and reliable method of tunneling a nerve graft in a cross-face nerve grafting procedure. In this technique, a subcutaneous tunnel is developed in two passes by means of a long hemostat that advances an 18F sterile tube from one side of the face to the other. The nerve graft is then attached to a heavy (1-0) polypropylene suture with a stitch that, by its inherent firmness, is easily threaded through the tube, dragging the nerve graft behind. Thus, the nerve graft can easily be delivered through the tube without any trauma. This technique has been used for seven patients without any complication. This is a simple and atraumatic technique for tunneling a nerve graft in a cross-face nerve grafting procedure.