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How effective is radiosurgery in treating trigeminal neuralgia?

Radiosurgery is not quite as effective as open surgery. About 60% or 70% of people notice relief, and it can take days or weeks to come on, but the advantage is that the procedure is completely noninvasive. It does not require general anesthesia, and it's an outpatient procedure.

A larger percentage of patients will have permanent facial numbness after this kind of procedure, and some patients will have a return of pain after a period of time.

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