Microvascular Decompression (MVD) is a surgical treatment option for trigeminal neuralgia, geniculate neuralgia, and glossopharyngeal neuralgia. Although not a cure, until better treatments are developed, MVD is a cranial neuralgia patient’s best hope for lasting pain relief. From the Face Facts website’s MVD page: A microsurgical procedure called Microvascular Decompression (MVD) is an option for thoseContinue reading Treatment Option: Microvascular Decompression surgery
The emerging technology of 3D printing stands to greatly enhance a facial pain patient’s medical journey by improving accurate imaging of cranial nerves. Currently, a patient seeking surgical intervention for cranial nerve pain relies upon his neurosurgeon’s expertise in radiologically identifying nerve compressions. This is the foundation upon which he will base his decision as to whether orContinue reading Breakthrough: 3D Printing Cranial Nerves
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From time to time, Face Facts will spotlight people who have distinguished themselves through their service to the chronic facial pain community. For this, our first personal profile, we chose the founder of the largest TN support group on Facebook, Beth Margolis. With nearly 11,000 members, Beth’s group – Trigeminal Neuralgia Support – holds a place of great importance in the array of online chronic facialContinue reading Face Facts Personal Profile: Beth Margolis
I am the admin of an online support group for MVD Patients. From time to time, a particular topic appears with enough frequency that I pen a post to explore the topic thoroughly. Recently, one topic that came up was the importance of informed neurosurgeon selection. I’m republishing my post here in order to increase the number of people whoContinue reading The Neurosurgeon Is The Thing
It’s hard to know what to expect after a Microvascular Decompression (MVD.) Often, I see questions from patients in the first days, weeks, and months of their MVD recovery asking, “When the heck am I going to start to bounce back?” The prolonged fatigue that follows MVD can become worrisome when you were expecting toContinue reading MVD Recovery: Let’s talk about expectations