Valley Hospital Health System announces an effective, nonsurgical treatment for severe facial pain

Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2013

RIDGEWOOD, NJ – June 20 – Patients living with trigeminal neuralgia are all too familiar with the debilitating facial pain that can be triggered by everyday activities such as face washing, teeth brushing or shaving. The Valley Hospital's Gamma Knife Center provides non-invasive, same-day, incision-free treatment for those suffering from this condition.

Medication is typically the first line of treatment, but if that fails to provide relief other options are considered. In recent studies, 85 to 90 percent of patients with classic trigeminal neuralgia had excellent or good pain relief after Gamma Knife treatment.

"The Gamma Knife offers the precision of surgery without a scalpel and without the usual risks of surgery or an incision," says Radiation Oncologist Chad DeYoung, M.D., Co-Director of the Gamma Knife Center and Director of Radiation Oncology. Trigeminal neuralgia patients treated with the Gamma Knife were recently interviewed by WABC-TV's Senior Medical Correspondent, Dr. Jay Adlersberg, about the condition and the treatment procedure. To view the video, click here.

"When medication fails, we can help you determine if you might be a candidate for other treatments, such as surgery or targeted radiosurgery using the Gamma Knife technology," says Neurosurgeon Anthony D'Ambrosio, M.D., Co-Director of The Gamma Knife Center and Associate Director of Neuroscience. The Gamma Knife is also effective in treating a number of other conditions of the brain, including metastatic brain cancer, acoustic neuromas, meningiomas (brain tumors growing from the tissue covering the brain), and vascular malformations.

Many individuals diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia have first seen a dentist believing their pain is a dental concern. If you or someone you know is experiencing severe facial pain, contact the nurse navigator at The Gamma Knife Center at 201-634-5677 or click here to request a consultation or to obtain a second opinion.