Hemifacial spasm occurs when too much pressure is placed on the facial nerves, causing the muscles in the face to twitch involuntarily. The condition is best treated with neurosurgical intervention.
If you have been diagnosed with hemifacial spasm, or are experiencing unexplained facial twitches, contact Dr. David Chang today to schedule an appointment.
What is a Hemifacial Spasm?
A hemifacial spasm is a condition in which a person experiences involuntary muscle spasms on one side of their face. These spasms are the result of pressure applied to the facial nerves by a tumor, nerve injury, or other element.
Symptoms usually begin with a twitching of the eyelid, and then spread across the face. If left untreated, hemifacial spasms can become so severe that a patient isn’t able to keep their eye open. In rare cases, the spasms can occur on both sides of the face, but in the vast majority of cases spasms only appear on one side of a patient’s face.
Treating Hemifacial Spasm with Neurosurgery
Hemifacial spasms are best treated with a neurosurgical procedure called microvascular decompression. This surgery involves relieving pressure on the facial nerves, thereby reducing the spasms. It can also be treated with injections, but surgery is typically the most effective. Learn more about the surgery here.
Minnesota Neurosurgery in St. Paul
When you are diagnosed with a serious condition like hemifacial spasm, you need a physician with the knowledge and experience to guide you in the right direction. Dr. David Chang is a skilled neurosurgeon who has treated many patients with hemifacial spasm. Contact Dr. Chang today to set up your appointment – 651.430.3800.