Trigeminal Neuralgia- Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is a neuropathic pain condition in which patients suffer attacks of stabbing or electric shock-type pain over part of the face - often the cheek or jaw. Pain attacks are brought on by normal activities including talking, chewing, touch, brushing teeth, and shaving. In its severe forms, TN can be excruciating and disabling. Fortunately, TN that does not respond to medicine can be treated or even cured with surgery.
TN often results from compression of the trigeminal nerve by a blood vessel, which can be treated with a neurosurgical procedure called a microvascular decompression. TN can also be treated with a variety of minimally invasive techniques, including Gamma Knife radiosurgeryand percutaneous rhizotomy.
There is also hope for patients with atypical forms of trigeminal neuralgia, those with pain that has recurred after the above procedures, and those who have other facial pain disorders. Ask a member of our team to learn more.