Trigeminal Neuralgia Treatment in Meridian
Living with any form of chronic pain can begin to severely impact ones quality of life. In many cases, pain can only worsen when left untreated, such as with trigeminal neuralgia. Fortunately, there are often treatment options that can provide longer-term resolution of pain, allowing patients to reclaim control of their lives. At the Leyngold Institute for Plastic Surgery, we offer a range of procedures, including trigeminal neuralgia treatment in Meridian. Contact our office today to learn more about how we may help you overcome chronic pain from this condition.
What Is Trigeminal Neuralgia?
Trigeminal neuralgia is a condition in which the trigeminal nerve in the face causes episodes of pain. While these might start out mild and short, the condition often progresses to longer episodes of pain when left untreated. The pain can feel like an electric shock and tends to affect one side of the face. Even minor contact with that side of the face (e.g., brushing teeth or putting on makeup) can lead to sudden, intense pain.
Benefits of Treating Trigeminal Neuralgia
- Minimally invasive approach
- Proven efficacy in addressing neuralgia
- Long-term reduction in neuropathic pain
- Retain facial nerve function
- Stop using pharmacologic pain relievers
- Mild, well-tolerated recovery
When to Treat Trigeminal Neuralgia
- Episodes of electric shock-like facial pain (shooting, stabbing)
- Episodes of pain lasting anywhere from seconds to minutes
- Pain occurs on one side of the face and/or in one spot
- Pain only tends to occur when awake
How Do We Treat Trigeminal Neuralgia?
Recovering from the Treatment
Though this procedure is minimally invasive, patients will still need to take a period of downtime. For most, this period will last a couple of weeks. Factors that influence recovery time include individual health, following your post-operative instructions, and taking sufficient time to rest (e.g., avoiding strenuous activities). Your surgeon will see you for a follow-up visit during your recovery to check the progress of your healing. While some pain and swelling do occur following the surgery, patients can usually manage this with over-the-counter medications. In some cases, we may prescribe certain medications, depending on your situation. As your body recovers, patients can begin seeing improvements in their neuropathic pain.
When Do I Experience the Improvements?
Each patient is different, but patients have reported improvements or elimination of their nerve pain at anywhere from immediately after the surgery to about several weeks post-operation. For some, these results continued to last well into the future. It is important to continue all of the pre-operative medications used to treat trigeminal neuralgia after surgery and taper them carefully under the guidance of your neurologist to prevent recurrence of pain or side effects due to abrupt discontinuation of your medications. Close adherence to post-procedure instructions is also important as this facilitates proper healing, which leads to improved outcomes.
Does Insurance Pay for the Surgery
Given that this is a novel surgery to treat trigeminal neuralgia insurance currently does not cover this procedure.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
You can take the first step toward seeing long-lasting relief from chronic pain by scheduling your consultation over the phone or through our online form. You will meet one-on-one with Dr.Ilya Leyngold to discuss your situation and learn if trigeminal neuralgia treatment in Meridian is right for you. Contact us today to lock in your consultation and get started on discovering a new, pain-free quality of life.