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Sterotactic Radiosurgery

Stereotactic radiosurgery is a relatively newer, minimally invasive procedure that is becoming a popular treatment option for trigeminal neuralgia. The Nebraska Medical Center takes advantage of the precision provided by its Novalis single-radiation technology to deliver a very precise dose of radiation to the trigeminal nerve next to its exit from the brain. This single treatment reduces pain signals in the trigeminal nerve. The success rate is comparable to other techniques but this approach has the advantage of not requiring open surgery and has a lower risk of facial numbness compared to percutaneous techniques. However, full pain relief may take several weeks after the procedure has been performed. The procedure is painless and usually performed without anesthesia.


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