Endoscopic Microvascular Decompression

Endoscopic microvascular decompression is a minimally invasive surgical technique done through a small incision behind the ear to treat conditions like trigeminal neuralgia, hemifacial spasm, and other forms of neurovascular compression syndromes. The neurosurgeon uses an endoscope alone to identify where a blood vessel is compressing the nerve of interest as it leaves the brainstem. The surgeon then delicately separates the blood vessel away from the nerve with a small piece of teflon felt, leaving a space in between. By doing this, the abnormal compression of the cranial nerve is relieved.

Recent literature has suggested that the use of an endoscope for microvascular decompression, as opposed to a microscope alone, is more likely to identify the source of neurovascular compression and ensure that the nerve is adequately decompressed. The result is a higher percentage of patients with symptomatic relief when awakening from the procedure and a lower complication rate due to less extraction, better visualization and improved illumination.

To watch an animation of this procedure, click here.

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