I had an injury approx 13 years ago which resulted in me losing my sense of taste and smeel, I was told resulting from my Olfactory nerve being severed. I was told though that as nerves keep growing even when severed, there is a chance it could meet up with itself in the growing process and all senses will be restored. It didn't happen!
I was also told the nerve is way too thin to be operated on and thus if it doesn't reattach itself then nothing can be done.
My question is, all these years later, has technology moved on to the point where this is able to be fixed, or is it still the same? Meaning too thin to be operated on.
This is not so much an injury and resulting consequences which hinder life in a drastic way but it is pretty huge to me.
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I am sorry to say but there is no procedure that can regenerate an injured nerve that is a part of the central nervous system. Peripheral nerves, or even sensory portion of olfactory nerve may regenerate, but this is less likely if the injury is in the main nerve and not at the sensory endings. Take care!
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