Treating Trigeminal Neuralgia with Stereotactic Radiosurgery

CyberKnife® for Trigeminal Neuralgia has been shown to be effective with many patients reporting relief shortly after completing treatment. CyberKnife delivers precisely targeted radiation to the trigeminal nerve root in one convenient and painless treatment. As a result, the formation of a lesion in the nerve interrupts transmission of pain signals to the brain.

Treating Trigeminal Neuralgia with Stereotactic Radiosurgery

CyberKnife® for Trigeminal Neuralgia has been shown to be effective with many patients reporting relief shortly after completing treatment. CyberKnife delivers precisely targeted radiation to the trigeminal nerve root in one convenient and painless treatment. As a result, the formation of a lesion in the nerve interrupts transmission of pain signals to the brain.

What is Trigeminal Neuralgia?

Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is a rare but excruciatingly painful disorder that affects about one in 15,000 people. TN patients suffer episodes of stabbing, electric shock-like pain in the eyes, lips, nose, scalp, forehead and jaw. The pain originates from the trigeminal (fifth cranial) nerve responsible for providing sensation to the face. The most common cause is thought to be compression of the nerve root by a blood vessel. The pain can be triggered when cold air touches specific facial areas or with movements like chewing, talking, smiling or swallowing. Because pain is often first experienced along the jaw, TN is frequently mistaken as a dental problem. TN is more common in women, and patients are typically middle-aged or seniors. The unpredictable, severe pain from TN is emotionally incapacitating and may significantly impact quality of life.

Advantages of SRS

  • Enables clinicians to maximize and conform the dose to the targeted nerve while limiting radiation exposure to surrounding healthy tissue
  • Outpatient procedure, little or no recovery time and minimal side effects
  • Requires no anesthesia
  • Allows for an immediate return to normal activities
  • TN pain relief reported in some cases immediately following treatment.

Priscilla’s Story

Priscilla Raymond is someone who is all too familiar with the extreme pain caused by trigeminal neuralgia. Raymond’s journey when facial pain caused her to visit her primary care physician. Her PCP originally thought it was a sinus infection, but after ruling that out, suggested that she make an appointment with a dentist. Because of the type of pain, and the area that it was in, her dentist believed that she had trigeminal neuralgia. Thanks to CyberKnife Priscilla was able to drop her pain level was down in just a few days.

Other Patient Testimonials

Diane Heaton, M.D.

Dr. Heaton is a board-certified radiation oncologist and has been treating patients in the area for nearly 20 years. She has a wealth of clinical knowledge and expertise in stereotactic radiosurgery and stereotactic body radiation therapy treatments using the CyberKnife. She was the first physician to perform stereotactic radiosurgery in the state of Oklahoma. Dr. Heaton is also a nationally recognized expert in the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia, a neuropathic disorder that causes intense pain in the face, forehead and jaw.

The Oklahoma CyberKnife Difference

  • Nationally recognized expert in the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia, a neuropathic disorder that causes intense pain in the face, forehead and jaw.
  • We have treated hundreds of patients with an 80% success.
    Treatment for trigeminal neuralgia is done in one day and is non-invasive.
  • Dr. Heaton has been treating TN patients since 1994 and at Oklahoma Cyberknife since 2008.

Diane Heaton, M.D.

Dr. Heaton is a board-certified radiation oncologist and has been treating patients in the area for nearly 20 years. She has a wealth of clinical knowledge and expertise in stereotactic radiosurgery and stereotactic body radiation therapy treatments using the CyberKnife. She was the first physician to perform stereotactic radiosurgery in the state of Oklahoma. Dr. Heaton is also a nationally recognized expert in the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia, a neuropathic disorder that causes intense pain in the face, forehead and jaw.

The Oklahoma CyberKnife Difference

  • Nationally recognized expert in the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia, a neuropathic disorder that causes intense pain in the face, forehead and jaw.
  • We have treated hundreds of patients with an 80% success.
    Treatment for trigeminal neuralgia is done in one day and is non-invasive.
  • Dr. Heaton has been treating TN patients since 1994 and at Oklahoma Cyberknife since 2008.

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