Radiofrequency ablation is one of the three surgical interventions (microvascular decompression and Radiosurgery/Gamma knife are the other two procedures) offered to treat patients with trigeminal neuralgia. The initial treatment for patients suffering from Trigeminal neuralgia is medications. If medications don’t work, then the Neurosurgeon might suggest you undergo some surgical procedures like radiofrequency ablation especially in elder aged patients and high risks groups.
Radiofrequency ablation surgery is done under conscious sedation.
Pain relief is generally immediate though in some patients it takes a few days.
Consult Dr. Arun with a professional experience of more than 13 years in the field of Neurosurgery