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Figure 2: (a and b) The patient is intubated through the nose in order to free the oral cavity and provide the surgeon with more space. Although oral mucosa graft can be harvested even in the presence of oro-tracheal intubation by the expert surgeon, nasal intubation is particularly useful for surgeons at the beginning of their learning curve or in patients with a small or limited mouth opening. In the case of oro-tracheal intubation, the tube should be reinforced to avoid inadvertent compression by the mouth retractor. It should be shifted to the side opposite to the cheek from which the graft is being harvested to provide enough room for the surgeon

Figure 2: (a and b) The patient is intubated through the nose in order to free the oral cavity and provide the surgeon with more space. Although oral mucosa graft can be harvested even in the presence of oro-tracheal intubation by the expert surgeon, nasal intubation is particularly useful for surgeons at the beginning of their learning curve or in patients with a small or limited mouth opening. In the case of oro-tracheal intubation, the tube should be reinforced to avoid inadvertent compression by the mouth retractor. It should be shifted to the side opposite to the cheek from which the graft is being harvested to provide enough room for the surgeon