A Leader in Face Pain Treatment

If you’re experiencing face pain, you need to visit a physician for a full evaluation. Johnston-Willis can help. Johnston-Willis Hospital’s Chief of Neurosurgery, K. Singh Sahni, MD, FACS has managed the care of more than 2,500 Trigeminal Neuralgia patients. Johnston-Willis is one of only a few neuroscience centers in the nation to offer the full range of treatment options for unbearable face pain, including medications, glycerol injections, microvascular decompression, or Gamma Knife Perfexion surgery.

Sharp, severe, shooting pain on one side of the face is known as trigeminal neuralgia or tic douloureux. Named for the three-pronged trigeminal (fifth cranial) nerve, this chronic pain condition causes sudden, intermittent, extreme burning or shock-like pain in the face. Although the pain seldom lasts more than a few seconds or, at most, a minute or two, the intensity can be physically and mentally draining.


Dr. K. Singh Sahni, MD, FACS.

To date, the Gamma Knife Perfexion is the most advanced neurosurgical tool available for treating trigeminal neuralgia. And in Richmond, only Johnston-Willis Hospital has it. Our physicians have extensive clinical expertise working with Gamma Knife and more than 30 years of experience in treating the condition. We are one of only a few neuroscience centers in the nation to offer the full range of treatment options for unbearable face pain, including medications, glycerol injections, microvascular decompression and Gamma Knife surgery.

With us, patients are able to get the most experienced team, appropriate treatment and the conveniently stay in one location.

To schedule an appointment with a physician who specializes in Trigeminal Neuralgia at Johnston-Willis, please call 804-320-3627.

Multidisciplinary Care Team

Specialists involved in your care collaborate in weekly multispecialty team conferences, coordinating their efforts to ensure you receive the best possible treatments with the best possible results. Members of our neuroscience team perform surgery in operating rooms exclusively reserved and equipped for neurosurgery.

Symptoms

Triggers for the intense flashes of pain of trigeminal neuralgia can include vibration or contact with the cheek from activities such as:

  • Washing the face or brushing teeth
  • Applying makeup
  • Shaving
  • Eating, drinking, and/or talking
  • Exposure to wind or breezes

Treatment

Diagnosing trigeminal neuralgia can be difficult because many other conditions can cause face pain. Treatments for various types of face pain differ, so finding the cause and making an accurate diagnosis is the key to effectively dealing with trigeminal neuralgia. We are one of only a few centers in the nation that takes a multimodality approach to TN. This means that you will get all of your care in one place, saving you multiple trips to multiple doctors who may not have the same information or perspective on the latest and best approaches for your specific circumstances.