Trigeminal neuralgia, also known as tic douloureux, is a disorder in which a person suffers repeated episodes of severe facial pain. The pain is intense and can be triggered by a number of factors such as cold air, swallowing, speaking, or eating. Medications may be used to treat trigeminal neuralgia in some instances.
But when medications prove ineffective in treating trigeminal neuralgia or the side effects of the condition become intolerable, Wellmont’s experts are able to offer a variety of surgical procedures – including non-invasive treatment using Bristol Regional Medical Center’s CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System. Bristol Regional’s CyberKnife – the only one of its kind in the Tri-Cities region of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia – is an exciting treatment option that offers new hope for individuals who suffer from trigeminal neuralgia.
Trained experts use CyberKnife’s image-guided technology to ensure extreme precision, directing its intelligent robotics to deliver high doses of radiation with sub-millimeter accuracy. This treatment helps relieve pain associated with trigeminal neuralgia, while minimizing the impact on surrounding tissue. Wellmont’s experienced CyberKnife team has some of the highest patient satisfaction rates in radiation oncology.
Although other surgical options may also successfully relieve the pain of trigeminal neuralgia, CyberKnife treatment requires no incisions or anesthetics, has a lower risk of side effects and is usually performed in just two to five stages. CyberKnife treatment for trigeminal neuralgia is performed as an outpatient procedure.
If you suffer from severe facial pain associated with trigeminal neuralgia, talk to your physician about treatment with CyberKnife at Bristol Regional Medical Center today. And let Wellmont's experts help you get back to life without the pain and anxiety associated with trigeminal neuralgia.
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