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In newborn infants, protection of the eye is of utmost importance. Keeping the eye well-lubricated is usually sufficient to protect it. When this fails, the eyelids can be partially closed in an operation called tarsorrhaphy.
For restoration of smile and oral competence, two main methods are available: static slings and functional muscle transfers.
Absent or limited motion of the left corner of the mouth is demonstrated in the child.
The gracilis muscle is removed through a 5-inch incision in the upper inner thigh. Although a scar remains, there is no loss of function in the leg.
The muscle is removed along with the artery (red line), vein (blue line) and nerve (yellow line) that supply it. The muscle is then tapered to fit each child’s face individually.
A second team of surgeons will use the “facelift” type incision to expose the area into which the muscle will be transferred.
The muscle is then connected to the facial artery and vein and a motor nerve. The muscle is held in position using non-dissolving anchoring sutures.
All incisions are closed with dissolving sutures.
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”