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ddaybrat

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Yippee! My smile is returning!
« on: August 16, 2010, 05:48:47 pm »
I'm 4 and a half months post-op and my facial nerve seems to be coming back.  My smile is pretty much symetrical when my mouth is closed.  This is such a vast improvement.  With the recent eye surgery, my face appears almost perfect at first glance.  My big toothy smile is still messed up, but it will come back in time.  As my daughter says, I'd make a good pirate on Halloween.  When I smile big, I look like a pirate saying 'arghh'.  I think I'll take advantage of it while I can...lol
1.4 x 1.5 x 0.4 cm AN on left side
retromastoid craniectomy 3/31/2010
Dr. Randy Gehring - Lafayette, IN
Tinnitis, deafness
Vestibular nerves destroyed
4 months post-op:
Facial movement returning
Paralytic ectopic repair on lower lid
Transverse ligament adjustment on upper lid

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Re: Yippee! My smile is returning!
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2010, 06:21:39 pm »
Congrats!!!  I am a Newbie also, 3 months out.  It is wonderful to hear positive news.  I hope that you keep progressing.  I spoke with a friend today that had his acoustic tumor removed about 5-6 months ago (middle fossa) and he is starting to see improvements also. Good news is always good to hear!!  Keep Smiling.
translab surgery of 2.6cm neuroma, right side, by Dr. Welling at Ohio State, 6-18-10.  BAHA base placed on same day.  Facial paralysis. Gold weight 7-14-10.

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Re: Yippee! My smile is returning!
« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2010, 08:48:30 pm »
Congrats, Brat!  ;D

Great news indeed!

Jan
Retrosig 5/31/07 Drs. Battista & Kazan (Hinsdale, Illinois)
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Re: Yippee! My smile is returning!
« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2010, 10:26:07 pm »
Pat ~

Congratulations on your great progress in regaining facial mobility!  This is definitely a major milestone and one we're always pleased to learn about, so thanks for sharing it.

Jim
4.5 cm AN diagnosed 5/06.  Retrosigmoid surgery 6/06.  Follow-up FSR completed 10/06.  Tumor shrinkage & necrosis noted on last MRI.  Life is good. 

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Re: Yippee! My smile is returning!
« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2010, 05:36:14 am »
Excellent. This brings as much of a smile as I can muster to my face.

Sara
MVD for hemifacial spasm 6/2/08
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Re: Yippee! My smile is returning!
« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2010, 11:25:13 am »
This is great news....you seem so much happier now!

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Re: Yippee! My smile is returning!
« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2010, 07:19:35 pm »
Did you ever have gum swelling and pain in the gums/ upper jaw area?

ddaybrat

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Re: Yippee! My smile is returning!
« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2010, 05:36:58 am »
Sorry, no gum pain.  Maybe someone else out here can help you.

Pat
1.4 x 1.5 x 0.4 cm AN on left side
retromastoid craniectomy 3/31/2010
Dr. Randy Gehring - Lafayette, IN
Tinnitis, deafness
Vestibular nerves destroyed
4 months post-op:
Facial movement returning
Paralytic ectopic repair on lower lid
Transverse ligament adjustment on upper lid