Sorry for your post surgery symptoms,,, like Golfguy says that seems like a huge swing in experience vs expectations,,,, wonder what your Dr thinks is going on. It’s rather odd that he would jump to a graft if he felt the nerve was intact after surgery. Perhaps, and this is just my anecdotal thoughts,, the nerve was injured and will improve with some more time and healing,,, is there another Dr with whom you could consult ,, or did consult before surgery,, that you could get some advice?? Second opinion??
As far as the nerve graft,, I had the 12/7 nerve graft done 4 days after my AN translab surgery. But then my facial nerve was severed during surgery due to tumor had grown through the nerve. So I knew my nerve would not get better on its own. The graft was not a “ bad” experience as far as a surgery goes but then I was sorta out of it since I’d just had the AN surgery,,, it’s all a blur,,,, this was 8 years ago also.
I was told it would take 12-18 months for the graft to take and I would begin to see improvement,,,, i did begin to see improvements within about 6 months but the entire process was much longer.
I would think that the feelings you mention would be positive signs that some improvement in facial movement were happening,, just my thoughts,,, I remember some tingling sensation when my nerve was regenerating after the graft surgery.
These are just my thoughts,,, take it for what it’s worth,, but I wanted to respond and let you know you aren’t alone in this struggle. My graft was very successful and to look at me you can’t tell face is still a little paralyzed,, of course, I don’t have a full smile,, but there are other surgeries that will give you a better smile.
Good luck in your recovery,,,,