Coordinated, advanced care for facial paralysis or weakness
Facial paralysis can have a serious impact on your daily life. Even simple pleasures, like having a conversation with a loved one or enjoying a meal, can be challenging.
The highly skilled experts at the Facial Nerve Disorders and Rehabilitation Program offer compassionate, cutting-edge care for people of all ages who experience facial paralysis and weakness due to illness or trauma. This includes advanced surgical procedures that can improve both your appearance and your ability to do things like smile, open and close your eyes, eat, drink and talk.
The program brings together specialists from facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, neurotology, neurology, audiology, speech-language pathology, neurosurgery, physical therapy and occupational therapy. Depending on your condition, you may not need all of these specialists; like your treatment plan, your care team will be tailored to you.
Our team has expertise treating even the most complex cases, and we welcome patients seeking second opinions.
Excellence in Facial Nerve Disorders Care
Because facial nerve disorders are life-altering, affecting many functional and emotional aspects of a person's life, care at Rush goes beyond the OR. Our team of experts is dedicated to helping people with facial paralysis or weakness regain facial movement and symmetry, as well as cope with the psychosocial effects of facial paralysis.
Facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons at Rush are dedicated to treating only conditions affecting the head and neck, including facial paralysis. This kind of highly focused expertise is not available at most other centers in the Chicago area.
A full range of advanced treatments
We offer all of the latest facial reanimation procedures and techniques, including dual innervation and selective neurectomy, and we were one of the first centers in the U.S. to offer gracilis muscle transfer — a surgical procedure that can restore your ability to smile after facial paralysis. Because of our expertise, we can often provide treatment for people who have been told there is no hope of improvement, or who did not qualify for certain procedures in the past.