Our team of neurosurgeons includes the state’s preeminent expert in treating trigeminal neuralgia (offering all three of the most common treatment options) and the state’s most experienced neurosurgeon in performing deep brain stimulation (DBS), offering hope to patients who have not responded to conventional treatments.
Among the many innovative neurosurgical treatment options we offer are:
Radiosurgery — precise, noninvasive delivery of targeted radiation — is an effective technology for treating cancer and neurological conditions in the brain, head and neck without incisions. Because radiosurgery is less invasive and more targeted than traditional surgery, it offers the potential for fewer complications, such as injury to the surrounding normal brain tissue.
MVD is typically used to treat trigeminal neuralgia (facial pain), vagoglossopharyngeal neuralgia (ear, nose and throat pain) and hemifacial spasm (facial spasms). These conditions are caused by an artery or vein compressing a nerve root where it exits the brainstem. Under general anesthesia, your surgeon makes a small incision near the nerve and implants a Teflon felt pad between the blood vessels and the nerve to alleviate the pressure and resulting pain signals.
PRR is used to treat trigeminal neuralgia, glossopharyngeal neuralgia and cluster headaches. The outpatient surgery is performed while you’re consciously sedated. Guided by an X-ray, your surgeon inserts a thin needle into the area of the ͞offending͟ nerve. An electrode at the end of the needle is then heated and used to burn the nerve. The damage to the nerve numbs the pain signal.
This image-guided neurosurgery technology allows your surgeon to better define anatomical landmarks and pathological structures for a safer and more complete tumor removal than traditional surgery.