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The facial nerve clinic at UC San Diego Health System is a specialty center for facial nerve dysfunction. The facial nerve can be affected by infection, tumors, injury and congenital condition.
Facial nerve disorders can cause weakness, paralysis and involuntary movement or twitching. These symptoms can be challenging to live with, affecting appearance, and impacting the ability to close the eyes, smile and speak. Experts at the Facial Nerve Clinic are dedicated to improving appearance, facial function, non-verbal communication, and overall wellbeing of people with facial nerve disorders. Our multidisciplinary approach provides expertise in otology, neurosurgery, plastic surgery and physical therapy. We work side-by-side with our colleagues at UC San Diego Neurological Institute.
At UC San Diego Health System, we utilize leading-edge diagnostic technology to determine the cause and type of facial nerve dysfunction. These technologies include electrophysiological testing, such as electroneuronography (ENOG) and electromyography (EMG), audiologic and vestibular testing, and high resolution imaging with MRI and CT.
After correct diagnosis, the team utilizes a range of treatment options including newly developed therapies not yet available in other hospitals. Our team regularly makes use of facial nerve compression surgery, neuromuscular retraining, BOTOX injection, and static and dynamic facial reanimation surgeries to address facial nerve conditions.
“Dynamic” facial reanimation surgery involves restoring facial nerve function through nerve and muscle transfer in the face. “Static” surgery alleviates the symptoms of facial paralysis but does not involve nerve or muscle transfer.
UC San Diego Facial Nerve Clinic provides expert care of patients with facial nerve dysfunction, and offers patients the chance to receive newly developed therapies through health research studies. Read more about research and clinical trials related to head and neck surgery.
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