Treatments

Trigeminal Neuralgia Treatments

Neurologists at Northwestern Medicine treat trigeminal neuralgia with medication, acupuncture, electric stimulation, biofeedback, diet changes, anesthesia and surgery.

  • Anticonvulsant medication
  • Acupuncture
  • Biofeedback involves training patients to control physiological processes, such as muscle tension, blood pressure or heart rate
  • Electrical stimulation of the nerves
  • Vitamins and diet changes
  • Anesthesia
  • Surgery
    • Microvascular decompression to remove blood vessels that are touching the nerve
    • Insertion of a pad between the nerve and the arteries
    • Removal of part of the nerve itself
    • Gamma Knife® radiosurgery
    • Glycerol injections to damage the nerve and block pain
    • Balloon compression, in which your surgeon inflates a balloon to damage the nerve
    • Radiofrequency lesioning to destroy specific nerve fibers by creating a lesion

Treatments