Microvascular Compression Syndromes
Trigeminal neuralgia, or “Tic Doloroux” is caused by a blood vessel pushing on the fifth cranial nerve at the base of the brain. Patients have severe pain on one side of the face that is intermittent and exacerbated by touch or irritation of the face. Although most patients are initially treated with medicine, some patients still have severe pain. Surgery to relieve this pain is called a microvascular decompression. Using minimally invasive endoscopic techniques, the surgery is made less traumatic and patients often go home the next day and cure rates are high.