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Patient questions about CyberKnife and/or GammaKnife for trigeminal nerve

We are sometimes asked by patients about the use of the CyberKnife or the GammaKnife for the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia.

Trigeminal neuralgia can be treated in many ways, not just with radiosurgery. The choice between medicines versus surgery versus needle procedures versus radiosurgery is a very individualized management decision. The facilities that we work at currently do not have a CyberKnife or a GammaKnife but there are other ways to deliver stereotactic radiosurgery to the trigeminal nerve. At St. Mary Medical Center, we have a device called a Brain Lab LINAC which can deliver the same type of high dose radiation to the nerve. Sometimes patients feel that this is their only option but this is not always the case. Because of this, we strongly recommend a general trigeminal neuralgia consultation with our physicians where they can review your history thoroughly, make sure your images are up to date, and determine what the best course of individualized treatment is for you.

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LastUpdate: 2016-05-11 17:21:04


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