Facial Paralysis Expert’s Article Describes New Advances in Acoustic Neuroma Management

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Beverly Hills facial paralysis surgeon Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS, explains the most common treatments for managing side effects of an acoustic neuroma brain tumor.

Babak Azizzadeh MD
The more experts working together on these types of complex procedures, the better. I work with a wonderful team of surgeons on facial paralysis procedures to make sure patients have the best possible functional and aesthetic outcomes.

A new article titled “Acoustic Neuroma Management” on FacialParalysisInstitute.com details the best treatments for managing the side effects of an acoustic neuroma. Acoustic neuroma is the most common type of brain tumor. Although non-cancerous, the side effects can be severe.

“Two of the most common side effects of acoustic neuroma and acoustic neuroma removal are facial paralysis and incomplete eyelid closure. These can have a dramatic impact on a person’s quality of life, but there are treatments available to manage and improve symptoms,” said Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS, and the Director of the Facial Paralysis Institute in Beverly Hills.

Dr. Azizzadeh works closely with House Ear Institute surgeons to treat and care for patients with acoustic neuroma brain tumors, as well as oculoplastic surgeons and physical therapists to create treatment plans for acoustic neuroma patients.

“Acoustic neuroma develops very close to the facial nerve, which means there is a high risk of facial nerve damage during acoustic neuroma removal surgery. I work with an expert oculoplastic surgeon and physical therapist to create customized treatment plans for facial paralysis and eye care for patients who experience facial nerve damage as a result of acoustic neuroma surgery,” explained Dr. Azizzadeh.

Some patients with facial paralysis may be candidates for innovative facial paralysis surgeries, such as a hypoglossal-facial nerve transfer, masseter-facial nerve transfer, or gracilis muscle transplant. Dr. Azizzadeh’s multidisciplinary approach to these intricate surgeries helps ensure the most successful outcomes possible.

“The more experts working together on these types of complex procedures, the better. I work with a wonderful team of surgeons on facial paralysis procedures to make sure patients have the best possible functional and aesthetic outcomes,” said Dr. Babak Azizzadeh.

Since his extensive and prestigious training at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Azizzadeh has helped hundreds of people with varying degrees of facial paralysis. Dr. Azizzadeh is the director of the Facial Paralysis Institute and one of the leading figures in the field of Facial Nerve Paralysis. Dr. Azizzadeh has been recognized for his work on several occasions, and has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show and countless other media outlets.

Dr. Azizzadeh is trained in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, as well as Head & Neck Surgery, giving him a distinctive insight into facial nerve function and facial aesthetics. Dr. Azizzadeh also has extensive training in microsurgical facial reconstruction, which is often required for the treatment of people who are born with facial paralysis.

For more information on acoustic neuroma treatment, contact Dr. Azizzadeh at (310) 657-2203.

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