On the subject, there is widespread material that does not recommend electrical stimulation. I would like to seek experience based advice of people similar to my condition:
* I am about 50 days post-op (details in the in my signature below) and right side of my face is paralyzed. It does not move at all (as in expressionless state).
* I do feel sensations specially while massaging.
* I exercise and massage twice daily for about 10 minutes or so.
Visits to therapists:
* First therapist I visited, said he will go for electronic stimulation. Since he did not do any examination to reach his conclusion, I was not satisfied and tried to find a therapist who has experience in 7th nerve.
* Today, after much research and recommendations, I found one therapist who was similar in approach as the first one (i.e. just asked basic questions, whether insurance or not, gave his conclusion that, "nerve is cut because paralyzed part is expressionless, however, having sensations is a good news", etc. but in the end, said we will go for electronic stimulation.
* This new therapist said he cannot give any probability about outcome whether it will be a success or failure (I know this is a legal statement as a "CYA Procedure" but made me wonder, am I speaking to the right guy)?
My surgeon said that nerve is intact, recovery will be spontaneous and will start showing signs in 4 to 6 months.
Please advise, should I go for electronic stimulation of nerve or just do what I am doing right now?
The type of elec sim he wants to do is "Trophic Electrical Stimulation"
CYA Procedure = Cover Your A$$