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Questions about smile surgery doctors and selective neurolysis
« on: February 15, 2024, 01:42:55 pm »
Ive seen some discussions about selective neurolysis and who performs them.
I understand Dr Azizzadeh in BH's is a top doctor in this field. Ive seen other doctors at Hopkins personally for consults about re-animation surgery. It was Dr. Bohene. It states that Hopkins and other specialists in facial palsy, use selective neurolysis as well.

Is there something "different" per se about Dr A's approach vs the other doctors that make him in a way the only one to go to for a neurolysis procedure?
Has anyone had re-animation or neurolysis surgery w/Dr Bohene?

I know Dr Azizzadeh is out-of-pocket
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Re: Questions about smile surgery doctors and selective neurolysis
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2024, 09:31:48 am »
Hi rosie_p

Thanks for your post, I hope others will share their experiences with facial re-animation surgery here.  I am sharing some of the ANA's resources below, I hope these will be helpful for you:

Educational webinars
•   The Facial Nerve and Acoustic Neuroma
•   A Multidisciplinary Approach to Treating Facial Issues Associated with Acoustic Neuroma
•   Treatment Options for Facial and Eye Issues Affecting Postsurgical Acoustic Neuroma Patients
•   When Is It Time to Consider Facial Reanimation After Acoustic Neuroma Surgery?
•   Non-Surgical Neuromuscular Retraining for Facial Paralysis after Acoustic Neuroma Surgery
ANA Video Library, search by Facial/Eye Issues
NOTES, Quarterly newsletter articles
•   2018 December - Approaches to Reanimating a Paralyzed Face, by Ryan Collar, MD, MBA
•   2018 March - Neuromuscular Retraining for Facial Paralysis After Acoustic Neuroma Surgery, by Jacqueline Diels, OT
•   2020 June – Facial Paralysis and Emotional Health, by G. Nina Lu, MD
•   2023 June – The Facial Issue

Patient Information booklet - Facial Nerve and Acoustic Neuroma: Possible Damage and Rehabilitation

Facial Paralysis Support Group
Wednesday, April 3 at 6 pm MT
Topic: Facial Paralysis and Emotional Health
Presented by G. Nina Lu, MD
Assistant Professor, University of Washington
Department of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery
Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Director, Facial Nerve Center

Connect with a Peer Mentor – if you want to connect with others who have had facial re-animation procedures, contact the ANA to request peer matches at or search the peer mentor database.
Best regards,
The ANA Team