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Our experts offer a range of treatment options for trigeminal neuralgia and facial pain, tailoring your treatment plan to meet your needs.
Trigeminal Neuralgia Treatment
We will discuss your treatment options with you. Some patients receive pain relief from medication and conservative care for their symptoms, while others require surgery.
Medication to Treat Trigeminal Neuralgia
Regular pain medications are not effective in managing the pain caused by trigeminal neuralgia. Instead, anticonvulsant medications (typically used to treat epilepsy) have shown to be effective for controlling pain associated with trigeminal neuralgia.
While anticonvulsant medications were not originally developed or intended to treat pain, they are able to provide some relief for nerve-related pain. Anticonvulsants provide pain relief by slowing down electrical nerve impulses and reducing the trigeminal nerve's ability to transmit pain.
Surgery for Trigeminal Neuralgia Treatment
Stanford offers a full range of the latest, leading-edge minimally invasive procedures to treat trigeminal neuralgia. Some of these procedures are available only at Stanford, while others are available at a few select hospitals nationwide.
Some of the advanced surgical treatment options available at Stanford include:
Microvascular decompression (a microscopic technique used to view and move blood vessels)
Percutaneous radiofrequency rhizotomy (using radiofrequency to disrupt the pain signals)
CyberKnife Radiosurgery (delivers radiation doses to target problem nerves)
Neuromodulation Therapy for Trigeminal Neuralgia Treatment
In addition to the advanced surgical procedures available at Stanford, we also offer neuromodulation therapies that target the brain and nervous system to help relieve the pain caused by trigeminal neuralgia.
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