Trigeminal neuralgia, sometimes called the “suicide disease,” is reportedly one of the worst of the facial pain syndromes and it is also one of the most common. The pain occurs in short bursts, usually on one side of the face, and is described as “stabbing” or like an “electrical shock.”
The cause is not always known, but there is considerable evidence that vascular compression of the trigeminal nerve near the brainstem is the cause. Among the possible treatments for this condition is Gamma Knife radiosurgery, a very precise form of therapeutic radiology.
Dr. Anthony D’Ambrosio, one of our affiliated New Jersey neurosurgeons and co-director of the Gamma Knife Center at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, New Jersey, specializes in the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia.* This October, he treated a New Jersey man, Phil H., for this debilitating disease using the Gamma Knife with great success. With his permission, we are pleased to share this patient’s letter of gratitude:
Sunday 13th Oct, 2013
Dear Dr. D’Ambrosio,
I woke up on Wednesday the 9th Oct, 2013 without that pain that was gonna drive me right out of my mind. Thank goodness. And especially thank you. I’ve been afraid to say it was gone for fear it would come back. But, it hasn’t. You are the best of the best. Looking forward to seeing you on 30th Oct, 2013.
Phil H. from New Jersey
* Dr. D’Ambrosio’s practice is also devoted to the treatment of brain tumors, skull base tumors, meningiomas, acoustic neuromas, pituitary tumors, Chiari malformation, and microvascular decompression (MVD) for trigeminal neuralgia and hemifacial spasm.
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