Neurectomy For Trigeminal Neuralgia

Neurectomy For Trigeminal Neuralgia

Neurectomy for Trigeminal Neuralgia is a surgical procedure that involves cutting or removing a portion of the trigeminal nerve, which is responsible for transmitting pain signals from the face to the brain. 

There are several types of neurectomy procedures for trigeminal neuralgia, including:

  • Gasserian ganglion neurectomy

  • Peripheral neurectomy

  • Radiofrequency rhizotomy

What is the price of a Neurectomy for Trigeminal Neuralgia in Pakistan?

The Neurectomy for Trigeminal Neuralgia price in Pakistan can range from 25,000 PKR to 90,000 PKR.

What diagnosis leads to Neurectomy for Trigeminal Neuralgia?

If a patient is diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia and conservative treatments such as medication or nerve blocks have failed to provide adequate pain relief, then a neurectomy may be considered as a treatment option.

The conditions that can cause facial pain include:

  • Dental problems

  • Sinusitis

  • Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)

  • Cluster headaches

What is the procedure for Neurectomy for Trigeminal Neuralgia?

The procedure for neurectomy for trigeminal neuralgia mainly involves 2 techniques such as;

  1. Percutaneous Approach

It is a minimally invasive procedure that can be performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia. 

  • During this procedure, a thin needle is inserted through the cheek and into the trigeminal nerve. 

  • The needle is then used to destroy or damage the nerve fibers responsible for transmitting pain signals, typically through the use of heat generated by radiofrequency waves or through the injection of chemicals that cause nerve damage.

  1. Open Surgical Approach

It is a more invasive procedure that is typically reserved for patients who have not responded to other treatments or for those who have a structural abnormality or tumor that is compressing the trigeminal nerve. 

  • During this procedure, an incision is made in the face or skull, and the trigeminal nerve is exposed and cut or removed.

What are the risks and complications associated with Neurectomy for Trigeminal Neuralgia?

Some of the potential risks and complications associated with this procedure may include:

  • Numbness or tingling

  • Facial weakness

  • Risk of infection

  • Bleeding

  • Persistent pain

  • Hearing loss

  • Cerebrospinal fluid leak

What to expect after Neurectomy for trigeminal neuralgia?

After a neurectomy for trigeminal neuralgia, patients can expect to experience

  • Some discomfort, swelling, and bruising at the surgical site. 

  • Some temporary or permanent numbness or tingling in the face or mouth.

  • Some patients may also experience mild to moderate pain at the surgical site.

  • Patients will need to take special care to avoid activities that could aggravate the surgical site, such as chewing hard or crunchy foods, smoking, or engaging in strenuous exercise.

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