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Only 2-20 children in a million are born with Moebius syndrome, a rare neurological disease. The causes of this congenital defect are not known, and it can affect all ethnicities. Children born with this condition have facial weakness and paralysis that affects their ability to control eye and facial muscle movement. Each case is unique, but there are options for treatment to improve quality of life.

What is Moebius Syndrome?

Moebius syndrome usually affects two or more of the cranial nerves. In most cases, the facial muscles are not functional. Unlike many cases of facial paralysis that only occur on one side of the face, children born with Moebius syndrome may have bilateral facial palsy. The degree of facial paralysis and nerves affected can vary greatly, but two indicators are always present. These indicators are congenital facial weakness and an inability to move one or both eyes away from the nose.

Treatment Options for Children with Moebius Syndrome

In most cases, surgical intervention is completed for children around the ages of six or seven. Joshua D. Rosenberg, MD, is a highly qualified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon who specializes in the treatment of facial paralysis. He offers personalized treatment plans for children with Moebius syndrome to restore their ability to smile, frown and control eye movement. Some of the procedures that may be used include:

  • Gracilis muscle transfer
  • Eyelid surgery or reconstruction
  • Nerve transfer

When performed early, children with Moebius syndrome can achieve an improved appearance and facial function. This can give them a higher quality of life with the self-confidence they deserve. Dr. Rosenberg is dedicated to finding the most advantageous solutions to help children with Moebius syndrome regain their beautiful smiles and facial expressions.

If you want to learn more about the treatment options available for facial paralysis caused by Moebius syndrome, schedule an appointment with Dr. Rosenberg. We have offices in Upper East Side and NYC for your convenience.

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Our Patient Reviews

Joshua D. Rosenberg, M.D.

4.9 / 5.0

Based on 11 reviews

Tonio Jennifer

Knowledgeable Doctor, great staff...somehow Dr Rosenberg makes you feel that no matter the odds he will come thru for you and with me he did so many times

Karmita Avila

I haven't the opportunity to meet the doctor yet, I have an appointment. I was referred by an ENT doctor in NJ, Dr. Douglas Leventhal, nice, young, excellent bed manners. Unfortunately he does not reconstruction nasal perforation, but he was very interested in helping me, and he referred me to a colleague in NY, and asked me wait a call from them, otherwise to call him back if they didn't contact me. Thanks GOD, they are very efficient and received, today two calls , I finally got to talk to Evelyn, very kind, and patient, gave me the appointment, I hope that my present health problem due to bad medical practice years ago, Dr. Rossenberg, can reconstruct my septum. I thank you from deep of my heart.

Nada Alkhawam

I want to thank DR. Rosenberg for his time and he’s amazing staff,he did a wonderful job operating on my face moving the cyst last Tuesday , I couldn’t believe my self the way he operates berly any brosis, he’s amazing surgeon , and he’s staff especially Ann& daina they are on top everything sweetheart they answered all my questions, with friendly since humor, I’m so lucky to have him As surgeon

Theresa Norris

Excellent surgeon supported by caring medical team members. Highly recommend.

Jan Wong

Dr. Rosenberg and his staff are thoughtful, caring and made me feel at ease during my procedure and at my follow up visits. Highly competent and friendly staff. Definitely recommend.

Sue Bee

An excellent Doctor who is kind and compassionate. He genuinely cares about his patients and their well-being.

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Joshua D. Rosenberg, M.D.
234 East 85th Street, 4th Floor
New York NY 10028

(212) 241-9410

Opening hours:
Monday & Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Joshua D. Rosenberg, M.D.
2052 Richmond Road
Staten Island NY 10306

(718) 420-1279

Opening hours:
Monday & Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM