The trigeminal nerve microvascular decompression fot trigeminal neuralgia, although considered an invasive surgical intervention, is nevertheless an anatomic operation without causing any damage to the trigeminal nerve.
The aim of the trigeminal nerve microvascular decompression fot trigeminal neuralgia is to relocate the blood vessel that exercises pressure to the trigeminal nerve in a way that this blood vessel no longer produces pressure or irritation to the trigeminal nerve.
The trigeminal nerve microvascular decompression for trigeminal neuralgia is performed by a 3 cm diameter incision on the back of the skull (Key hole craniotomy).
Hospitalization lasts 2-3 days. Τrigeminal nerve microvascular decompression has a 90% success rate, with the risk of recurrence of 10% in 8-10 years. The rate of complications ranges to 3%.