Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) July 02, 2014
Dr. Babak Azizzadeh has strengthened his commitment to helping those affected by facial paralysis by joining the medical advisory board for the Acoustic Neuroma Association. The non-profit organization is dedicated to providing information and support to those who have been diagnosed with or treated for an acoustic neuroma, a brain tumor that grows on the 8th cranial nerve.
“I’m very pleased to have the chance to serve on the medical advisory board for the Acoustic Neuroma Association,” said Dr. Azizzadeh. “The association serves a great purpose in providing information and support to those affected by this condition, and I am proud to work with them.”
An acoustic neuroma is a non-cancerous, fairly common type of brain tumor, which grows on a small nerve between the inner ear and the brainstem. Loss of hearing is the most frequent symptom of an acoustic neuroma, while vertigo, lack of balance, and facial nerve damage may occur in a smaller percentage of patients. The size of the tumor can affect symptoms and subsequent acoustic neuroma treatment options.
“While hearing loss is a common symptom of an acoustic neuroma, surgery to remove the tumor often results in damage to the facial nerve, which causes facial paralysis,” explained Dr. Azizzadeh. “I work with patients who have experienced facial nerve damage due to an acoustic neuroma, to restore their facial movement through the most advanced techniques available.”
At the Facial Paralysis Institute, cutting-edge procedures, such as gold eyelid weights to restore the ability to close the eyelids and nerve transfer surgery to treat facial paralysis and severe synkinesis, are performed depending on an individual patient’s needs. Each person is different, and Dr. Azizzadeh understands the necessity of individualized treatment plans.
“I work with a variety of other specialists and leaders in their fields in order to give each patient the best personalized care and treatment possible,” said Dr. Azizzadeh. “It’s important to discuss in detail the risks and benefits involved so that the patient and their doctor can arrive at the best solution.”
About 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, contact the Facial Paralysis Institute at (888) 499-0402.