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Treating Trigeminal Neuralgia with CyberKnife

Did you know that the CyberKnife Radiosurgery is another treatment option for Trigeminal Neuralgia besides the Gamma Knife?  We recently treated a patient diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia who suffered from right-sided facial pain for over a year.  She lost 65 lbs because she was not able to chew or eat due to the pain.  Two weeks after her CyberKnife treatment, she reported 90% reduction in facial pain.  It has now been almost 4 months since her treatment, she is now pain-free and more importantly, can enjoy eating her favorite meal again.

Below is her testimonial:

“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 

Trigeminal Neuralgia is a chronic condition that causes a stabbing or electric-shock-like pain in parts of the face.  It usually affects older adults but may affect anyone at any age.  Symptoms of Trigeminal Neuralgia include:

  • Very painful, sharp electric-like spasms that usually last a few seconds or minutes, but can become constant
  • Pain is usually only on one side of the face, often around the eye, cheek, and lower part of the face
  • Pain may be triggered by touch or sounds
  • Painful attacks can be triggered by common, everyday activities, such as brushing teeth, chewing, drinking, eating, lightly touching the face and shaving
It is often easy to mistake the pain of Trigeminal Neuralgia for a toothache or a headache.  If you suffer from facial pain, please consult your physician.
Resource:  PubMed Health http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/


																					                                                                                        
                                            
										

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