Trigeminal Neuralgia Treatment in Tampa Bay

Trigeminal neuralgia is a condition that causes painful sensations like electric shocks on one side, or in rare cases, both sides of the face.

Trigeminal neuralgia affects the trigeminal nerve, which carries sensation from the face to the brain. Pain caused by trigeminal neuralgia can be triggered by even mild stimulation of the face while brushing teeth or putting on makeup. Trigeminal neuralgia affects more women than men, and it typically occurs in people over 50.

Trigeminal neuralgia is often first treated by medications to lessen or block the pain signals sent to your brain. This is often followed by other procedures to treat trigeminal neuralgia more permanently, such as CyberKnife or stereotactic radiosurgery. In this procedure, a surgeon directs a focused dose of radiation to the root of the trigeminal nerve. The focused radiation damages the trigeminal nerve to reduce or eliminate pain while preserving the surrounding tissue. Relief typically occurs gradually within one to three months, although there is a risk of recurrence within 3 to 5 years, at which time the procedure can be repeated, or an alternative procedure can be performed.

Contact Tampa Bay Radiation Oncology today for more information about trigeminal neuralgia, our trigeminal neuralgia specialists, and trigeminal neuralgia treatment options. Tampa Bay Radiation Oncology has multiple Florida facilities located in the Tampa Bay area.