Many patient suffer from Trigeminal Neuralgia, also known as tic douloureux, a chronic pain condition associated with sharp facial pain. While trigeminal neuralgia may be treated medically, when medical management fails to control the pain, surgical intervention is an option.
Microvascular decompression is a minimally invasive procedure that involves removing or relocating any blood vessels putting pressure on the trigeminal nerve. This is done by creating a small surgical opening behind the ear on the affected side. The trigeminal nerve is explored with an operating microscope. Your surgeon carefully moves any arteries touching the nerve and removes any veins pushing against it. Your surgeon will place a pad between the vessel and nerve to prevent them from touching again.