Medical News Correspondent, Dr. Jay Adlersberg and his ABC7 News team visited the Valley Hospital Gamma Knife Center where Dr. D’Ambrosio is Co-Director. There, they interviewed Dr. D’Ambrosio and two of his patients. One, Theckla Martino, describes the agony of trigeminal neuralgia and says that since her treatment, she has been completely pain free. “I don’t even think about it anymore,” she says.
Trigeminal neuralgia is a facial pain syndrome most common in people over the age of 50. While the causes can vary, the most common is thought to be compression of the trigeminal nerve by a blood vessel near the brainstem. Medication is the first line of treatment and if that fails, the condition can be successfully treated using the Gamma Knife. The Gamma Knife delivers a highly precise dose of radiation to the trigeminal nerve in a painless outpatient procedure.
Dr. D’Ambrosio specializes in the treatment of patients, like those in the video, who suffer from this painful syndrome. Using a state-of-the-art Perfexion® Gamma Knife, he also treats patients with a wide variety of other conditions including arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) and deep-seated brain tumors.
If you (or someone you know) are experiencing facial pain and you have already seen a neurologist, give Dr. D’Ambrosio a call at (201) 327-8600.
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