Treating Trigeminal Neuralgia with CyberKnife

CyberKnife® for Trigeminal Neuralgia has been shown to be effective with many patients reporting relief shortly after completing treatment. CyberKnife delivers precisely targeted radiation to the trigeminal nerve root in one convenient and painless treatment. As a result, the change in the tissue 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 CyberKnife

  • 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.

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