Nerve Transfer for Facial Paralysis Under Intravenous Sedation and Local Analgesia for the High Surgical Risk Elderly Patient

Carlos Rubi, Alexander Cardenas Mejia, Pedro Carlos Cavadas, Alessandro Thione, Rigoberto Aramburo Garcia, Shai Rozen

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Background This case report describes an 86-year-old woman with complete peripheral right-sided facial paralysis resulting from resection of a cervical lipoma 14 months before surgery. Case Description Because of the high anesthetic risk, a masseter to facial nerve transfer was performed under combined light sedation and local anesthetic. Good functional and aesthetic outcomes were noted without complications. Conclusions To our knowledge, nerve transfers under light sedation and local anesthesia have not been described in the literature and may be useful in elderly patients with significant comorbidities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)670.e13-670.e15
JournalWorld Neurosurgery
StatePublished - Jul 1 2016



  • Awake approach
  • Facial paralysis
  • Masseter nerve
  • Nerve transfer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Surgery

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