What is a Facial Nerve Block?
A facial nerve block is a common treatment used for patients with facial pain. Facial pain can be caused by irritated facial nerves, muscles, or tendons. During the procedure a combination of local anesthetic and corticosteroids are injected around the affected nerve(s) to provide pain relief and decrease inflammation.
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Who is a candidate for a Facial Nerve Block?
Patients who are experiencing acute or chronic facial pain may benefit from a facial nerve block. Facial nerve pain can result from trauma or injury to the area or from certain viral infections, such as herpes zoster which causes shingles. During your first office visit your physician will review your medical, social and family history as well as perform a physical examination to determine if this treatment option is right for you.
How is a Facial Nerve Block performed?
Facial nerve blocks can be performed in our procedure suite. Using ultrasound guidance, your physician will locate the area of your affected facial nerve(s) and use the ultrasound for needle guidance. Once placement has been confirmed the local anesthetic and corticosteroids are injected around the nerve. The local anesthetic will provide immediate relief that can last several hours, while the corticosteroid takes 3-5 days to begin working. Most patients see weeks to months of relief. This procedure is minimally invasive and can be completed in less than 30 minutes!
If you would like to explore facial nerve blocks as a treatment option, contact our midtown Manhattan office today to book your consultation.