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Trigeminal Neuralgia (Facial Nerve Pain) (cont.)

Surgery

If doctors clearly determine the cause of the disorder to be compression of an artery on the trigeminal nerve deep in your skull, a neurosurgeon can perform a microvascular decompression.

  • The surgeon moves the compressing artery to a location away from the compressed root of the nerve.
  • The major disadvantage is that it requires a neurosurgical operation-with all its complications-to get access to the root of the trigeminal nerve.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/12/2014
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