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 that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the 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 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.