microvascular decompression


Microvascular decompression is a minimally invasive surgery that stops a blood vessel from pressing on a nerve in your brain and causing pain or muscle twitches. Doctors often use it to cure conditions such as:
  • Glossopharyngeal neuralgia
  • Hemifacial spasms
  • Trigeminal neuralgia

what to expect

During the procedure, your neurosurgeon will make a small incision in your scalp behind your ear and then insert a “pillow”  to separate the blood vessel from the nerve. The padding keeps the vessel from pressing on the nerve and triggering symptoms, such as pain, in the future.


For most people, pain and twitches stop right after microvascular decompression. You can expect to leave the hospital 2 days after your surgery. Your doctor will remove your staples in 14 days.


At Aurora, we’ve successfully performed more than 1,000 microvascular decompressions.

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