How to Alleviate Pain Caused by Trigeminal Neuralgia

Try balloon compression. The goal of balloon compression is to slightly damage the trigeminal nerve branches so that pain impulses cannot be transmitted.[16]

  • During the procedure, a small balloon is inserted into the skull through a catheter and as it inflates, the trigeminal nerve is pressed against the skull.
  • This is typically an outpatient procedure that is performed under general anesthesia, although sometimes an overnight hospital stay is needed.
  • Balloon compression results in about two years of pain relief.
  • Many patients experience temporary facial numbness or weakness in muscles used for chewing after undergoing this procedure, but are generally relieved of pain symptoms.[17]

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