9Feb

Management of facial nerve palsy and a visit to the Facial Nerve Center at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

Facial Nerve Center

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!

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