Surgery for chronic pain isn't common. It's usually considered only
after other treatments have failed or if it is considered medically necessary.
Surgery may provide pain relief, but it also may permanently
damage your ability to perceive other sensations, such as light touch and
temperature changes. It can also cause a different pain to occur.
Implanted pain control systems
Implanted pain control systems involve inserting devices under your skin or elsewhere in your body. The devices use medicine, electric current, heat, or chemicals to numb or block pain.
Decompression is a type of surgery used for nerve pain, such as from trigeminal neuralgia. The doctor cuts open your skin and then tries to move away blood vessels or other body structures that are pressing on nerves and causing pain.
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Nancy Greenwald, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
January 9, 2013
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