Decompression (MVD) Surgery aims to cure Trigeminal Neuralgia by moving
blood vessels away from the trigeminal nerve root. This eliminates the
source of irritation (ie. neurovascular compression) that causes TN.
The hyperactive trigeminal system then returns to a normal, pain free
state. MVD is a non-destructive technique, and has the best potential
to cure TN.
MVD surgery is performed through a small
incision and bony opening behind the ear. Operative microscopes and
micro-instruments are used to see and relieve the neurovascular compression,
without injury to the trigeminal nerve. Inert shredded TeflonŽ felt
implants are placed between the blood vessels and the nerve to permanently
maintain the "decompression". The surgery is performed under general anesthesia
and is followed by a few days of hospitalization.
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