Thursday, June 13, 2013

Don't wait: Surgical options exist to treat Bell's palsy

Dr. John Leonetti, an Ear, Nose & Throat surgeon, discusses surgical treatment of idiopathetic facial paralysis, also known as Bell's palsy. It causes a facial paralysis on one side of the face and is thought to be brought on by a virus. Cranial Nerve 7 is affected in this disorder. This nerve branches out and controls all the movement on one side of the face.

In Bell's palsy, the nerve swells within its bony sleeve and paralyzes itself. Often, patients with Bell's palsy are treated with steroids and it clears up. But for the others, the bony sleeve of this nerve must be removed.

At Loyola, this surgery is accompanied by electrical stimulation of the nerve, which helps to jump-start it. These patients recover facial movement much sooner and can start rehab with therapists earlier. Loyola's Center for Facial Nerve Disorders has 25 years of experience and a dedicated staff, with a national and international reputation for the patients that they have helped and the research papers that they have published.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call 888-LUHS-888 (888-584-7888).

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 92 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities - that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.