Radiofrequency Percutaneous Trigeminal Thermal Rhizotomy Without General Anaesthesia

  • G. Graziussi
  • S. Terracciano
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Neurosurgery book series (NEURO, volume 8)


Radiofrequency percutaneous -trigeminal thermal rhizotomy described by SWEET and WEPSIC (3) was a great progress in the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia. This method is as effective as the traditional open surgery techniques but has the advantage of being very safe and of having a very low rate of complications.


General Anaesthesia Trigeminal Neuralgia Awake Patient Partial Relief Trigeminal Root 
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  • G. Graziussi
  • S. Terracciano

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