Non-Surgical Trigeminal Neuralgia Treatment in Los Angeles
Trigeminal Neuralgia is considered to be one of the most painful conditions known to mankind. If you have arrived at this page in search of trigeminal neuralgia surgery in Los Angeles let us reassure you that we offer some of the most effective and non-invasive treatment options for the condition. You will find all the information that you need about the condition and about the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia.
Symptoms & Diagnosis of Trigeminal Neuralgia
One of the commonly prescribed treatment options is surgery for trigeminal neuralgia. However, before you consider any invasive procedures, or even the treatment protocols including our revolutionary treatment — CyberKnife for trigeminal neuralgia, a definitive diagnosis of the condition is necessary, after which our medical team will devise and recommend the best possible treatment protocol.
It is thought that the actual numbers of patients with trigeminal neuralgia is higher than known estimates. While it is currently believed that 1 in every 15,000 to 20,000 people could be suffering from the condition, actual numbers could be much higher because of repeated misdiagnosis. Pain caused by the trigeminal nerve is often overlooked or dismissed as a severe toothache or headache. Though most frequently seen in individuals over the age of 50, symptoms can be present in children as young as 3 years old.
If you have symptoms such as those listed below, you should seek more information from your doctor regarding treatment options for trigeminal neuralgia:
- Intense facial pain in one focused spot of the face, one side of the face, or pain in a wider pattern in any of the areas that the trigeminal nerve supplies, such as the jaw, cheeks, lips, teeth, gums, and less frequently in areas such as the eyes and forehead.
- Occasional twinges of pain or longer occurrences of shooting, severe pain that many describe as electric shocks.
- Pain that lasts from a few seconds to hours at a time and could occur hundreds of times throughout the day.
- Pain that can be triggered by nothing at all, or by innocuous actions such as speaking, eating, touching the face, shaving, or brushing the teeth; even by sounds.
- Pain episodes that get more severe and more frequent over time; if this occurs, it could be time to consider trigeminal neuralgia treatments.
Primary care physicians, oral surgeons, neurologists, neurosurgeons, ENT surgeons, or dentists may be the first to notice these symptoms and refer you to a doctor who specializes in trigeminal neuralgia. Your trigeminal neuralgia doctor will typically make a diagnosis based on certain tests. A neurological exam including reflex tests and a detailed analysis of the area of pain and the type of episodes suffered will try to rule out causes of pain such as a compressed nerve. An MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) or a Magnetic Resonance Angiogram in some cases will help determine if the underlying cause of the condition is a tumor or perhaps multiple sclerosis. The symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia can vary significantly from person to person and the diagnosis from a center that specializes in trigeminal neuralgia is vitally important to help us formulate treatment. We do this after examining the MRI, CT, and other diagnostic material made available to us.
How Does the CyberKnife Treatment Help?
The Pasadena CyberKnife Center is a trigeminal neuralgia treatment center in Los Angeles that offers one of the most effective, precise and non-invasive treatment options for the condition. The treatment delivers high doses of pin-point radiation with extreme accuracy, sparing the healthy tissue in cancerous, as well as non-cancerous, conditions such as trigeminal neuralgia and arteriovenous malformation.
Other cancer treatment centers use Gamma knife, which requires a painful and very uncomfortable frame to be screwed into the patient’s skull. Thankfully, Cyberknife overcomes this with advanced image guidance and intelligent tracking software to treat the disease with extreme precision, removing the requirement for the head frame.
Some of the top doctors for trigeminal neuralgia use the revolutionary CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System for treatment of the condition. This is the world’s first and only dedicated robotic radiosurgery system designed to treat a range of conditions throughout the body non-invasively.
Our trigeminal neuralgia treatment centers offer treatments that are an effective alternative to surgery. It is often seen that with most surgical procedures, such as microvascular decompression, the pain can return months or even years after treatment.
Patient Testimonial for Our Trigeminal Neuralgia Center
One patient who had been suffering one-sided facial pain for over a year underwent our non-invasive trigeminal neuralgia treatment recently and experienced 90 percent reduction of pain. The extreme pain had resulted in an inability to eat which meant that she lost 65 lbs and could hardly walk. Now pain-free for over four months, she had this to say about her experience –
“I am very satisfied with the CyberKnife radiosurgery. I had not been able to eat and sometimes not even been able to talk over the past 16 months of having TN. I lost 65 lbs, not because I wanted to, but because I couldn’t eat. I can eat now after a couple of weeks post-treatment and have put on 5 lbs. I could hardly walk very far before and now I can walk just fine. I couldn’t wear my bottom dentures before and now I can. All is going just fine.” ~ B
Reach Out to Us
Contact Pasadena CyberKnife, our non-invasive, non-surgical trigeminal neuralgia treatment center in Los Angeles, to know more about the condition and its diagnosis, as well as your treatment options. Request a phone consultation at 626.768.1021, contact us to ask a question, or fill out a Patient Form for a personal consultation at our center for treatment of trigeminal neuralgia.