Trigeminal neuralgia is often considered one of the most painful medical conditions. CyberKnife radiosurgery can help, often in an hour or less—and it's painless.
Trigeminal neuralgia treatment with CyberKnife
If you have trigeminal neuralgia, you know that sometimes even the simplest things like chewing, laughing or even a gentle breeze can trigger facial pain. We can help. Our experts at CyberKnife® of Long Island offer a full range of treatment options, and we’ll see which one is best for you.
During your first visit to our office, you’ll receive a thorough evaluation of your condition with a neurosurgeon and radiation oncologist who are in the same convenient location. Then, we’ll explore treatment options together which include medical therapy, surgery and radiosurgery. If medication isn’t helping and a procedure that requires needles or surgery is not the best option for you, we’ll talk about the benefits of CyberKnife treatment.
CyberKnife radiosurgery doesn’t actually involve a knife. It’s revolutionary technology that painlessly delivers a beam of radiation with pinpoint accuracy to the source of your pain in the trigeminal nerve root. There is no need for an incision or for anesthesia. The whole procedure usually takes one hour or less, and some cases require only one treatment. Then you go home and get back to doing the things you love. Most patients find pain relief within days or weeks.
Benefits of CyberKnife treatment for trigeminal neuralgia
CyberKnife treatment is covered by most insurance plans. There are a number of benefits to CyberKnife treatment for trigeminal neuralgia patients, including:
- Pinpoint accuracy. CyberKnife is so precise that higher doses of radiation can be delivered because there’s less chance of healthy tissue in surrounding areas being damaged.
- Outpatient capability. CyberKnife of Long Island offers CyberKnife treatment for trigeminal neuralgia patients in our comfortable and convenient office location, so there is no need to go to a hospital.
- No surgery or incisions. There’s no cutting, incision, blood, anesthesia or pain.
- Fast treatment. Treatment for trigeminal neuralgia can be completed in as little as one hourlong session.
- Painless procedures. Much like an X-ray, you don’t feel anything during CyberKnife treatment, so there’s no pain or sensation and no need for anesthesia or sedation.
- Minimal side effects. There are minimal, if any, side effects and no recovery time. Fatigue is the most common side effect and does not last long.
- Little to no recovery time. You can resume your normal activities immediately following treatment.
What to expect
During CyberKnife treatment, high-dose radiation is accurately delivered by a linear accelerator mounted on a maneuverable robotic arm. The procedure is painless and typically performed in one hourlong outpatient treatment session.
Unlike other stereotactic radiation therapy treatments for trigeminal neuralgia, CyberKnife treatments do not require anesthesia or invasive skull frame placements. Instead, you wear a comfortable mesh face mask and can relax in your own clothing. The mask is fitted so that you are comfortable and able to breathe normally and see.
During treatment, you’ll lie still and relax as the CyberKnife’s computer-controlled robotic arm moves around the head area, delivering high-dose radiation directly to the trigeminal nerve root and minimizing radiation to surrounding areas.
CyberKnife treatment results in few to no side effects, with the most common being fatigue. The vast majority of CyberKnife treatments allow patients to resume their normal routines afterward. Some patients actually take naps during their treatments while others have reported going to lunch or mowing their lawns following treatment.