I recently visited the Facial Nerve Center at Harvard’s Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary to learn some state-of-the-art tips in the management of facial nerve palsy. I had the pleasure of spending time with Dr. Tessa Hadlock and her fantastic team. Some highlights for me included:
- learning about the optimal medical management of Bell’s Palsy in the acute phase
- reviewing the options for facial reanimation surgeries
- adopting subtle clinical pearls using botulinum toxins to help balance the smile of patients with both paralysis and synkinetic facial movements
- working with facial physical therapists who help patients learn physical therapy exercises to improve their facial movement
I definitely learned a lot from MEEI’s multi-disciplinary team and look forward to integrating some of their techniques when managing facial nerve palsy patients here in San Diego!