What is the efficacy of surgical treatments for Bell palsy (idiopathic facial paralysis) (IFP)?

Updated: Jun 14, 2019
  • Author: Danette C Taylor, DO, MS, FACN; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Anecdotal evidence suggests that surgical repair by using a combination of procedures tailored to the patients’ clinical findings works well for improving symptoms and exposure. Most patients who have had severe corneal exposure from lagophthalmos with or without paralytic ectropion have received a combination of lateral tarsal strip placement, SOOF lift, and gold-weight implantation. Patients without severe exposure have received a single procedure or combinations of procedures.


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