Nerve Testing and Preoperative Evaluation - On Demand Access

Sensory disturbances to the peripheral branches of the trigeminal nerve can be a debilitating disruption to patients, leading to problems with speech and mastication, food and liquid incompetence as well as difficulty with daily activities. Trigeminal nerve injuries may arise from a number of causes in oral and maxillofacial surgery. The most common cause results from the removal of impacted third molars. Other causes include orthognathic surgery, endodontic surgery, implant placement, fractures, pre-prosthetic surgery and treatment of maxillofacial pathology. This 60-minute webinar will review relevant neural anatomy, etiologies of nerve injuries and testing procedures to monitor and document nerve injuries and their timing for optimal outcomes.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe neural anatomy as applied to nerve injuries. 
  2. Review the different mechanisms of trigeminal nerve injuries. 
  3. Use testing modalities to evaluate, document and monitor progression of nerve injuries. 

An Internet-based CDE/CME Activity
Original Release Date: June 16, 2021
Expiration Date: June 16, 2024
Estimated time to complete this educational activity: 1.0 hours
Method of participation: Self-Study

Vincent B. Ziccardi, DDS, MD, FACS

Dr. Ziccardi earned his DDS at Columbia University and completed his OMS residency training at the University of Pittsburgh, where he earned his MD and certificate in oral and maxillofacial surgery. He is a tenured professor at University Hospital in Newark, N.J., and holds a co-terminus position in the Division of Plastic Surgery. He serves as Residency Program Director, Chair and Chief of Service, Associate Dean of Hospital Affairs as well as Director of the Craniofacial Center at University Hospital.

His areas of clinical interest and research have included trigeminal nerve microsurgery, cleft lip and palate reconstruction, complex maxillofacial trauma and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Ziccardi is an extensively published and nationally recognized expert and speaker in trigeminal nerve microsurgery. 

Relevant Conflict of Interest Disclosure: Consultant for Axogen, Inc.


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