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Teri Cook, a patient of Dr. Raymond F. Sekula, Jr, MD who was treated for hemifacial spasm through microvascular decompression let us know how she's doing:

Dear Dr. Sekula,

I have some wonderful news, although I am reluctant to articulate the words out aloud, or even type them…

For the past week, I have ceased to have any spasms, tonus, pulling, tapping (in ear) or “anything” pertaining to hemifacial spasm!!!

Warren, my husband, and I are ecstatic!!! Deep down, I can hardly believe it. With the declining of spasms since my surgery, I believe I have become somewhat like my old self – wanting to go out and do things, to talk to people and to take part in life again.

For the majority of women, going to a hair salon is a very normal thing to do, but not for me. However, last week I actually went into a hair salon, had my hair cut and a few highlights added for the first time in years. I had been cutting it myself at home, so that I would not endure embarrassment about my spasms in a salon situation with copious amounts of women and the ‘chit-chat’ that accompanies the salon.

I feel so unshackled, uplifted and blessed!

Thank you so very much Dr. Sekula!


Our patient stories profile a number of patients who have had minimally invasive brain surgery at UPMC. Although everyone's care experience is unique, we hope that sharing these stories will help other prospective patients and their families better understand these procedures and their potential benefits.

Teri's treatment and results may not be representative of all similar cases.


Hemifacial Spasm
Dr. Raymond Sekula discusses treatment options for hemifacial spasm.

Meet Teri Cook
Meet Teri, a Hemifacial Spasm Patient Who Found Relief at UPMC.