Treating Trigeminal Neuralgia with Radiosurgery

Alliance Radiosurgery uses the latest technology to enable sophisticated approaches to traditionally challenging cases. The result is highly precise treatments with shorter treatment times, and the ability to offer highly advanced therapies while minimizing the impact of treatment on our patients’ quality of life. Shortened treatment times can also improve patient comfort, particularly for our older patients who may find it difficult to remain in one position over extended periods of time. Radiation is delivered precisely to the trigeminal nerve root in one convenient and painless treatment. As a result, the formation of a lesion in the nerve interrupts transmission of pain signals to the brain.

What is Trigeminal Neuralgia?

Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is a rare but excruciatingly painful disorder that affects about one in 15,000 people. TN patients suffer episodes of stabbing, electric shock-like pain in the eyes, lips, nose, scalp, forehead and jaw. The pain originates from the trigeminal (fifth cranial) nerve responsible for providing sensation to the face. The most common cause is thought to be compression of the nerve root by a blood vessel. The pain can be triggered when cold air touches specific facial areas or with movements like chewing, talking, smiling or swallowing. Because pain is often first experienced along the jaw, TN is frequently mistaken as a dental problem. TN is more common in women, and patients are typically middle-aged or seniors. The unpredictable, severe pain from TN is emotionally incapacitating and may significantly impact quality of life.

Treating Trigeminal Neuralgia with Radiosurgery

Alliance Radiosurgery uses the latest technology to enable sophisticated approaches to traditionally challenging cases. The result is highly precise treatments with shorter treatment times, and the ability to offer highly advanced therapies while minimizing the impact of treatment on our patients’ quality of life. Shortened treatment times can also improve patient comfort, particularly for our older patients who may find it difficult to remain in one position over extended periods of time. Radiation is delivered precisely to the trigeminal nerve root in one convenient and painless treatment. As a result, the formation of a lesion in the nerve interrupts transmission of pain signals to the brain.

What is Trigeminal Neuralgia?

Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is a rare but excruciatingly painful disorder that affects about one in 15,000 people. TN patients suffer episodes of stabbing, electric shock-like pain in the eyes, lips, nose, scalp, forehead and jaw. The pain originates from the trigeminal (fifth cranial) nerve responsible for providing sensation to the face. The most common cause is thought to be compression of the nerve root by a blood vessel. The pain can be triggered when cold air touches specific facial areas or with movements like chewing, talking, smiling or swallowing. Because pain is often first experienced along the jaw, TN is frequently mistaken as a dental problem. TN is more common in women, and patients are typically middle-aged or seniors. The unpredictable, severe pain from TN is emotionally incapacitating and may significantly impact quality of life.

Advantages of Radiosurgery

  • Enables clinicians to maximize and conform the dose to the targeted nerve while limiting radiation exposure to surrounding healthy tissue
  • Outpatient procedure, little or no recovery time and minimal side effects
  • Requires no anesthesia
  • Allows for an immediate return to normal activities
  • TN pain relief reported in some cases immediately following treatment.

Lelia’s Story

Lelia Wilson had never heard of trigeminal neuralgia before she was diagnosed in 2004. Within months, the pain caused by the rare, chronic nerve condition was controlling her life. Wilson’s trigeminal neuralgia grew progressively worse over time. For a while, the Huntsville resident was able to keep the attacks at bay with prescriptions. See how the Alliance Radiosurgery helped relieve Lelia’s pain.

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