Stanford Trigeminal Neuralgia Program
Our Trigeminal Neuralgia Program brings together researchers, neurosurgeons, radiologists, psychiatrists, and pain management specialists to provide our patients with the most current diagnostic and treatment options, and the latest research findings. Our leadership in innovation and clinical research helps us get one step closer to finding long-term, safe, and minimally-invasive solutions for those suffering from trigeminal neuralgia and chronic facial pain.
Our multi-disciplinary team offers a range of services from diagnosis and pain management to nerve blockers and physical therapy. When it is determined that a neurosurgical therapy is needed, our team has developed expertise in both microsurgical and radiosurgery approaches for treatment of trigeminal neuralgia, and specialization in microvascular decompression for facial pain.
- Cyberknife Radiosurgery: Once limited to treating tumors, we can now apply this technology to also treat conditions like trigeminal neuralgia. Offering this non-invasive, outpatient treatment provides our patients an alternative to conventional surgery.
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- Percutaneous Radiofrequence Lesioning: We offer a variety of percutaneous ablative procedures, including radiofrequency gangliolysis, glycerol rhizolysis, balloon compression, and botox injections.
- Microvascular Decompression Surgery: This type of surgery can help patients gain long-term control of their pain and is the most durable, however, it is the most invasive surgical option for the treatment of Trigeminal Neuralgia.
Our current research focuses on clinical outcomes for a variety of treatment options for trigeminal neuralgia and neuropathic facial pain. Our goal is to find the most effective, least invasive therapies for these conditions. Below are some of our more recent studies:
Authors: Michael Zhang, Layton A. Lamsam, Matthew K. Schoen, Swapnil S. Mehta, Geoffrey Appelboom, John K. Adler, Scott G. Soltys, Steven D. Chang
Published: World Neurosurgery, February 2018
Authors: Nicholas A. Telischak, Jeremy J Heit, Lucas W. Campos, Omar A. Choudhri, Huy M. Do, Xiang Qian
Published: Pain Medicine, May 2017
Authors: Jonathan Wallach, Allen L. Ho, Lily H. Kim, Aadel A Chaudhuri, Navjot Chaudhary, Francisco Vaz-Guimaraes, Steven D. Chang
Published: June 2018
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For those who suffer from trigeminal neuralgia, you are not alone! Please join us at Stanford to learn about the new treatment options and to share your experience with others going through similar situations. The meetings are free of charge and are a great resource for patient and family education.
As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, most advanced clinical trials. Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.
Facial Pain Conference
The Facial Pain Association hosted its 2018 FPA Regional Conference at Stanford. The conference brought together patients, caregivers, and experts in the field of chronic facial pain and trigeminal neuralgia.
"During my three decades at Stanford, I’ve gained a deep understanding of the types of struggles patients face, and the many answers they still seek to help alleviate their symptoms and to find a cure for this condition."
Steven D. Chang, MD
Robert C. and Jeannette Powell Neurosciences Professor
and, by Courtesy, of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Medical Advisory Board Member, Facial Pain Association