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Why I Love Caring for Trigeminal Neuralgia Patients

McLaughlin Scrubs SmallBy Mark R. McLaughlin, MD, FACS, FAANS

Caring for Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) Patients is something "special" for Dr. McLaughin. In this video, he describes why caring for Trigeminal Neuralgia patients is something that he so enjoys. TN is a painful neuralgia: debilitating condition usually treated with medications, injections or surgery. Dr. McLaughlin completed his medical training with Dr. Peter Jannetta, the innovator of the Jannetta Procedure for Trigeminal Neuralgia. Dr. McLaughlin is uniquely qualified in the treatment of TN.

TN is a type of nerve pain that can be incredibly debilitating to patients. The pain strikes without warning. It can be triggered by chewing, speaking, or even brushing your teeth. To understand the intensity of the pain, you should know that it has sometimes been referred to as the "suicide disease".

I have often been asked, "Why do you like taking care of Trigeminal Neuralgia patients?". My answer is they're one of my favorite patients to take care of. First of all, I have a lot of different therapies to utilize, so patients have options.

I like to explain those options in depth to patients, because there are specific risks and benefits to each. I enjoy counselling them on what are the best options for each person's individual needs and desires.

We have many different medications that are effective, and multiple types of treatments, all of which offer some level of success. If the medications and conservative therapy are not working, then we consider surgery. This can never be taken lightly. To me..., in my book, any person's surgery is the most important day in their life. If it does come to surgery, and that person entrusts their life to me, to see them through this illness, what I love most is seeing that person's face when they wake up from surgery pain free. And the icing on the cake is walking into a surgery waiting room and telling the family that their loved one is going to be all right.

I can't explain in words how gratifying that is to me. It's got to be on par with winning and Olympic Gold Medal..., even better. That's the epitome of being a doctor..., easing suffering..., and I get to do it every day.

I'm so lucky. I see these particular patients in excruciating facial pain, get off their medications, and get back to a normal life. It's an incredible feeling, and it makes me realize what a privilege it is to be a physician.

Princeton Brain & Spine Care surgeon Mark McLaughlin, M.D., FACS 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

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