Facial Nerve Disorders
The facial nerve is one of the longest, most complex nerves in the human body. Any disorder of the facial nerve requires prompt attention. Patients in and around the Central New Jersey area, including Monroe and Plainsboro, can obtain medical advice and consultation by visiting board-certified otolaryngologist Dr. Scott Kay, FACS.
What Causes Facial Nerve Disorders?
Facial nerve disorders can happen whenever there is trauma to the face that affects this nerve. They may also occur due to inflammation, tumors or diseases such as Bell’s palsy, which is believed to result from a virus.
How are Facial Nerve Disorders Treated?
There are multiple ways to treat facial nerve disorders, based on what is causing them. A few options may be:
- Using antibiotics to fight infection
- Prescribing steroids to help eliminate inflammation
- Surgery to correct trauma
Additional treatments could be needed to correct deficiencies caused by a facial nerve disorder. These additional treatments can include:
- Hearing aids
- Use of artificial tears
- Rehabilitation to help patients regain the use of certain facial muscles
Facial Nerve Disorder Treatment Recovery
The recovery is different for each procedure, including those used to correct damage. You will be provided with recovery instructions for each specific procedure at the time it is scheduled.
Is Facial Nerve Disorder Treatment Right for Me?
Twitching, paralysis or a similar facial disorder indicates a more serious health problem that should be addressed. Please do not delay seeking medical attention.
What to Expect During Your Consultation for Facial Nerve Disorders
The primary focus of your consultation will be on finding the cause of your disorder. To do this, Dr. Kay will perform a careful examination of your eyes, ears, nose, and throat. He will also review your health history and current medications. Based on his findings, he will likely recommend other tests or x-rays be performed as well.