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When do you need surgery for trigeminal neuralgia?

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Over time, your medication may help less and less. That’s common among people with trigeminal neuralgia. If that happens, your doctor may suggest surgery.

Procedures include:

  • Microvascular decompression, which moves or takes out blood vessels that affect the nerve.
  • Gamma knife radiosurgery, which uses radiation focused on your trigeminal nerve.
  • Rhizotomy, which destroys nerve fibers.

SOURCES:
Mayo Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions -- Trigeminal Neuralgia.”

American Association of Neurological Surgeons: “Conditions and Treatments -- Trigeminal Neuralgia.”

TNA Facial Pain Association: “What Is Trigeminal Neuralgia?”

New York Presbyterian Hospital: “Health Library -- Trigeminal Neuralgia.”

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Trigeminal Neuralgia Fact Sheet.”

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on June 24, 2020

SOURCES:
Mayo Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions -- Trigeminal Neuralgia.”

American Association of Neurological Surgeons: “Conditions and Treatments -- Trigeminal Neuralgia.”

TNA Facial Pain Association: “What Is Trigeminal Neuralgia?”

New York Presbyterian Hospital: “Health Library -- Trigeminal Neuralgia.”

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Trigeminal Neuralgia Fact Sheet.”

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on June 24, 2020

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