Trigeminal Neuralgia Treatment at St. Anthony Hospital
The neurosurgical specialists at the Neuroscience Center at St. Anthony Hospital treat trigeminal neuralgia or chronic facial pain using the most current medical and neurosurgical interventions to manage or resolve this neurological condition.
Neurosurgical interventions for trigeminal neuralgia available at St. Anthony Hospital include:
Optimal treatment option will depend on the patient's age, condition and level of pain. Depending on the procedure and individual, pain relief may be immediate, but can also take a length of time. Trigeminal Neuralgia is a very individualized disorder and it requires highly individualized treatment.
- Glycerol Injection - Sterile glycerol is injected through the cheek to damage the trigeminal nerve and block pain signals.
- Balloon Rhizotomy - A microcatheter is used to deliver a tiny balloon that's expanded to compress the nerve and block pain signals.
- Microvascular Decompression - Through open neurosurgery, blood vessels making contact with the root of the trigeminal nerve are removed or relocated to relieve pressure-causing pain.
- Radio-Frequency Rhizotomy - A needle placed through the face uses heat to deliver a highly controlled electrical current that damages the trigeminal nerve and disrupt pain signals.
- Gamma Knife Treatment - A high dose of precisely controlled radiation is used to damage the trigeminal nerve and reduce or eliminate the pain.
- Partial Sensory Rhizotomy - A surgical procedure is performed to partially sever the trigeminal nerve.
For more information about trigeminal neuralgia diagnosis and treatment call 303-595-6765 or visit Intermountain Neurosurgery and Neuroscience.