Author Topic: selective neurolysis  (Read 1619 times)

Darren

  • New Member
  • *
  • Posts: 35
selective neurolysis
« on: February 16, 2018, 02:50:14 pm »
Hi all,
I'll be getting a consultation with Dr.Azizzadeh soon for this surgery. He's the only Dr. In the world that does it. He actually pioneered it. Basically he maps the facial nerves and turns some off and on. Rewires your nerves. Just amazing. I have had a partial smile since my AN surgery in 2008 and wish I could have a full smile again.
I'm worried about the cost since I doubt insurance will pay but you never know. I'll keep everyone posted.

Kristena

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 111
Re: selective neurolysis
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2018, 03:39:14 pm »
If you are interested in additional services, or if they suggest some, see if they can give you a breakdown on how much the different services are. I had a consult last year for selective neurolysis, and we looked at adding an asymetrical facelift along with some work around my eye to address synkinesis there. They came back with one lump sum for the package, so it would have been nice to know how much it would have cost if I had eliminated one or two procedures. Also, do you live in California? Pricing doesn't include hotel nights in the Beverly Hills area, and you need to stay long enough for follow-up care or to have any stitches removed, etc.  I'm still intriqued, but I guess I chickened out for now.

Make sure to think hard about any questions you might have. I thought I was prepared, but I thought of several as soon as we hung up the phone (Skype actually). Best of luck!
2.7 cm meningioma in CPA and IAC
Retrosig June 2013 resulted in Facial paralysis and SSD
6-mo post-op MRI showed 1.0 cm remains in IAC
3-yr MRI still shows no new growth!
6/2014 Baha magnet implanted; 8/2014 magnet removed due to poor healing; 9/2014 abutment installed. Hearing fine!

lynanewman

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 2
  • LynaN
Re: selective neurolysis
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2018, 01:58:44 pm »
Any updates?  I am intrigued in exploring this as well.
5cm AN.  2012 Retro.  2014 Gamma Knife.  Facial paralysis, synkinesys

Arasha

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 141
  • El camino es largo y dificil pero no imposible.
Re: selective neurolysis
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2018, 07:44:56 pm »
Any updates/info?
Thanks in advance
Left side AN 2.5x1.8 removed on 10/17/2007 endosc. by Dr.Shahinian (retrosig) at SBI, LA,Ca. Facial phalsys (almost back). Balance issues. Tinnitus. MRI 8 months later showed AN was resected completelly.TransEar 11/2008. Clinical trial for SoundBite 11/2009. SoundBite user.I have the best family.

Darren

  • New Member
  • *
  • Posts: 35
Re: selective neurolysis
« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2018, 02:57:55 pm »
I've met with the doctor and discussed my options. He agrees I'm a perfect candidate for this procedure.

The cost of the surgery is 35k - this is with insurance coverage, but my plan with Cigna does not provide coverage for this due to it being out of network. They said around 40k with no insurance coverage at all which is weird to me.

I was referred to a specialist to attempt to get Cigna to pay but we'll see. 35-40k is a price to pay, but I feel it's almost worth it.

Arasha

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 141
  • El camino es largo y dificil pero no imposible.
Re: selective neurolysis
« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2018, 12:40:36 pm »
I've met with the doctor and discussed my options. He agrees I'm a perfect candidate for this procedure.

The cost of the surgery is 35k - this is with insurance coverage, but my plan with Cigna does not provide coverage for this due to it being out of network. They said around 40k with no insurance coverage at all which is weird to me.

I was referred to a specialist to attempt to get Cigna to pay but we'll see. 35-40k is a price to pay, but I feel it's almost worth it.


I appreciate the update. Just curious, do you know how percentage of symmetry improvement is it expected? I heard that the platisma is cut during this process. How long is needed to be completely recovered? Any therapy required after the surgery?. Sorry for so many questions.
-Gloria
Left side AN 2.5x1.8 removed on 10/17/2007 endosc. by Dr.Shahinian (retrosig) at SBI, LA,Ca. Facial phalsys (almost back). Balance issues. Tinnitus. MRI 8 months later showed AN was resected completelly.TransEar 11/2008. Clinical trial for SoundBite 11/2009. SoundBite user.I have the best family.

Darren

  • New Member
  • *
  • Posts: 35
Re: selective neurolysis
« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2018, 05:06:52 pm »
I didn't ask percentage no. You are correct regarding that. I guess that helps release it from pulling the smile down. He said recovery is not bad, be out of work 1-2 weeks with a few days in an adjacent hotel.

Jackysue

  • New Member
  • *
  • Posts: 6
Re: selective neurolysis
« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2018, 11:29:20 pm »
How long was your wait for a consultation?  Is he booked up for a long time?

randeedutton

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 1
Re: selective neurolysis
« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2018, 03:40:34 pm »
I had selective neurolysis surgery on November 1 by Dr. Babak Azizzadeh in Beverly Hills.  It was a life changing decision and I am so glad that I made the choice to have this surgery.