Trigeminal Nerve: Microvascular Decompression

The 5th cranial nerve, named the Trigeminal nerve, provides the sense of feeling to the face. Sometimes the nerve can cause severe painful sensations to the face when it is squeezed by a blood vessel.  Our specially trained Comprehensive Vascular Neurosurgeons perform a craniotomy allowing them to see the point at which the nerve is being compressed. They separate the nerve from the vessel causing the compression to lessen or stop the painful sensations being produced. Microvascular decompression can offer relief of this severe pain that does not respond to less invasive treatments such as glycerol rhizotomy.