Microvascular decompression (MVD) is a surgical procedure that can be used to treat chronic head pain caused by trigeminal neuralgia. It works by removing the tiny blood vessels in and around your facial nerves, reducing inflammation and helping to reduce pain. This procedure is usually done under local anesthesia, so you won’t need to worry about being put under general anesthesia.
Before the surgery begins, your doctor will numb your face with a local anesthetic so that you don’t feel any pain during the procedure. The surgeon will then make small incisions around your jawbone and neck area and use tiny instruments to remove the tiny blood vessels that are causing your pain. These incisions will be closed with stitches after the surgery is over, but they should heal quickly—in most cases, you’ll be able to return home within a couple hours after having this procedure done!