Microvascular Decompression

Microvascular decompression (MVD) is a surgical procedure used to treat trigeminal neuralgia, a chronic pain condition that affects the face. Patients with trigeminal neuralgia can experience extreme but sporadic shock-like pain in the cheeks or jaw that makes it difficult to eat and drink.

Trigeminal neuralgia is caused by blood vessels compressing the trigeminal nerve. During a microvascular decompression procedure, surgeons remove the blood vessels that are touching the nerve, and insert a pad between the nerve and the arteries. Surgeons may also remove veins that are touching the nerve, or remove part of the nerve itself.

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