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Trigeminal Neuralgia Surgery

McLaughlin Scrubs Small

Mark R. McLaughlin, MD, FACS, FAANS

Dr. McLaughlin completed a surgical fellowship with Peter Jannetta, who is credited with the introduction of today's "gold-standard" surgical treatment of Trigeminal Neuralgia. There is no more qualified surgeon to treat this condition.


If conservative therapies have failed in alleviating the pain for patients with trigeminal neuralgia, it is considered a surgical condition. The surgical procedure of choice for trigeminal neuralgia is microvascular decompression or "MVD".

This procedure involves making a small incision just behind the ear, and then making a bone window about the size of a 50 cent piece. The covering of the brain is then opened and a natural pathway between the skull and the brain is followed down to the nerve.

Most often the nerve is compressed by a vessel just as it exits from the brain stem. The offending vessel is loosened from its tethering, and flipped away from the nerve and brain stem. It is then held in place with a few soft pads that are customized for the anatomy to hold the vessel away, and allow it to remain open, but away from a sensitive area.

Princeton Brain & Spine Care surgeon Mark McLaughlin, M.D. trained with Peter Jannetta, M.D., the "father" of modern microvascular decompression surgery for trigeminal neuralgia, hemifacial spasm, glossopharyngeal neuralgia, and other cranial nerve rhizopathies. Dr. McLaughlin worked closely with Dr. Jannetta in the ongoing research, and was the lead author of the paper "Microvascular decompression of cranial nerves: lessons learned after 4400 operations" published in the Journal of Neurosurgery in January 1999. On PUBMED

Dr Mark McLaughlin Video Trigemenal and Occipital Neuralgia

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