Facial Palsy course

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Course Director: Stephen Morley, FRCS (Plast)

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A dissection course using fresh cadavers in conjunction with The University of Glasgow and Canniesburn Plastic Surgery Unit A unique fresh tissue cadaveric dissection course to be held at The University of Glasgow.

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Course Information

The course will appeal to trainees and consultants in plastic surgery, ENT, and ophthalmology who have an interest in the surgery of facial paralysis.   

A national faculty of experts will demonstrate current techniques with two candidates to each cadaver, including: 

• Endoscopic forehead and brow lift
• Insertion of gold weight and canthoplasty techniques
• Nerve grafting, including nerve harvest and exposure of facial nerve
• Static support techniques of the midface including fascia lata slings and face-lift techniques
• Facial nerve to hypoglossal nerve anastomosis 

This unique course allows a maximum hands-on experience involving instruction in current techniques of surgery in facial paralysis using fresh tissues. Registration fee is TBC which includes two full days of dissecting, lunch both days and the course dinner.

About Facial Palsy or Facial Paralysis

The term facial palsy refers to the condition where the nerve which works the muscles of facial expression (the facial nerve) is not working correctly. This can lead to a weak or absent smile; asymmetry of the face; difficulty with eye closure and drooping of the brow. This condition has many causes; Bell’s palsy where the condition occurs spontaneously; following trauma or injury; following infection; following certain surgical procedures or as a congenital condition, that is where someone is born with a facial palsy. 

The effects of facial palsy are commonly very significant and people with the condition often have difficulties which are physical, relating to how their face works and also in terms of how their facial appearance affects their interactions with other people. 

The good news is that many aspects of facial paralysis can be successfully treated and improved. For partial or recovering facial palsy non-surgical treatments such as physiotherapy and Botox can improve symmetry and diminish abnormal facial movements. 

These abnormal movements are called synkinesis if one movement triggers another, commonly smiling triggering eye closure. The other similar problem is called dyskinesis where some of the facial muscles twitch involuntarily. 

For people who have little or no facial movement at all with no prospect of full recovery, facial re-animation operations can be indicated. These include nerve grafting or nerve transfer procedures, where new nerve supplies can be imported to strengthen the weakened face. In some cases this is not sufficient in which case more complex operations involving free tissue transfer where a new piece of muscle is transplanted to the face might be advised. Sometimes muscle transfers can also be used to provide a smile or strengthen eye closure. 

In cases where asymmetry of the face even when the face is not moving, then other surgical procedures may be of benefit. These can include browlift operations; facelift operations or in more severe cases static support procedures, where tissue from elsewhere in the body is used to provide a strong support to  the sagging face. 

If you wish to see Mr Morley to discuss treatments for facial paralysis then an appointment can be made via your GP to be seen at Mr Morley’s Facial Palsy Clinic which is on a Tuesday  for adults and a Friday for children.

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Bed and breakfast accommodation can be arranged and booked if requested.

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Course Fee

To attend this course requires a fee of £950.

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