Thermocoagulation / Balloon decompression

Areas of application

Trigeminal neuralgia.


Thermocoagulation involves a CT-targeted probe applied under local anesthesia to generate heat in the trigeminal ganglion (Gasserian ganglion, sensory ganglion of the trigeminal nerve). This serves to selectively disconnect pain signal conduction. Balloon compression has the same aim of fiber elimination. A small balloon is inserted in the ganglion and inflated, thus disconnecting the fibers.