Facial Nerve Decompression
The facial nerve decompression is caused due to pressure on peripheral nerve which results in nerve impulse block and compression of facial nerve into the bony canal of temporal bone.The Facial Nerve Decompression is usually conducted on patients suffering from permanent facial palsy which makes their faced brood down. The procedure is conducted to give a more symmetrical appearance to a patient’s face. This surgery might also help in reducing the symptom of the paralysis as the compression is released from the nerve.
Causes of Facial Nerve Decompression?
- Otitis Media (ear infection)
- Bell’s Palsy
- Birth Injury
- Herpes Zoster Oticus
- Skull Fracture
- Facial Injury
- Parotid Swelling
- Melkersson-Rosenthal Syndrome
The procedure of Facial Nerve Decompression
The Facial Nerve Decompression surgery is conducted by an ENT Surgeon as it is performed through the mastoid bone which is part of the ear. The surgeon removes the pieces of the mastoid bone to release the pressure from the facial nerve, giving it space to decompress.
Like any other surgery, the facial nerve decompression also has few risks which a patient may face like hear loss, facial nerve injury, headache or meningitis.