The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center ENTs are ranked first in Ohio and fourth in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
What's happening here is remarkable and beautiful. It's important and it matters. Joshua Fellows knows firsthand what it means.
“At Ohio State, the only central Ohio institution performing facial reanimation surgery, Kim’s team was able to transplant a muscle from Fellows’ leg to replace his smile function. That’s right — they used a leg muscle to restore the smile function. ” Click to tweet this story
Fellows always had plenty of reasons to smile. A 2008 procedure at a different hospital left one side of his face paralyzed.
A smile became impossible.
In late 2016, ENT surgeon Dr. Leslie Kim, director of Ohio State's Facial Plastics division, accepted Joshua as a patient.
"Restoring his smile was complicated," Kim says. "Smile muscles can atrophy irreversibly when they've been paralyzed for years."
But at Ohio State, the only central Ohio institution performing facial reanimation surgery, Kim's team was able to transplant a muscle from Fellows' leg to replace his smile function. That's right — they used a leg muscle to restore the smile function.
By February 2017, Fellows could smile for the first time in nearly nine years. It restored his confidence, and his young children got to see their dad grin for the first time in their lives.
Surgical precision in skull base tumor removal
Adverse facial effects also have been dramatically reduced for patients at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC — James), where surgeons have revolutionized the removal of skull base tumors.
"Skull base tumors can often require incisions to the face, the side of the nose and the roof of the mouth," says Dr. Daniel Prevedello, director of Ohio State's Minimally Invasive Cranial Surgery Program and one of many neurosurgeons who collaborate with ENT teams for state-of-the-art care.
The OSUCCC – James procedure blends minimally invasive robotic surgery with endoscopic endonasal surgery, combining the expertise of brain surgeons and ear, nose and throat surgeons to remove such tumors through the nose or mouth.
Patients experience quicker recovery and are spared the pain and scarring that comes with open facial surgery.
"To our knowledge, we were the first to combine these two techniques in patients," says Dr. Ricardo Carrau, an otolaryngologist/head and neck surgeon at the OSUCCC — James.