Recently the American Academy of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery published evidenced based guidelines for the clinical management of Bell's Palsy. These are an excellent resource and are free to read or download the journal's website: http://oto.sagepub.com/content/149/3_suppl/S1.full
Over the past month a few significant milestones have been reached and patients are starting to see the benefits. We have had some complex cases presented to our group and our treatment discussions have been instrumental to clarifying definitive care for these patients. This has really solidified the role of our group in this area of need.
There are also exciting things are on the horizon. A massive contribution by A/Prof Glen Croxson will see the clinician information page become one of the best free access references for facial nerve assessment on the internet. This will cover the essentials of patient assessment and clinical decision making in the diagnosis of acute facial palsy. Over the next few weeks, We also look forward to welcoming some honorary international members to provide a wider perspective on our treatment discussions.
Sunday, August 18 - The Sydney Facial Nerve Service website went live. Content is still being created but the essential framework is in place. A logo was designed which has a five pointed figure at its core. The 5 points not only represent the 5 main facial branches of the facial nerve but also represent the convergence of the five specialties which contributed to the formation of this group: Research, Physiotherapy/rehabilitation, Plastics and reconstructive surgery, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.