Trigeminal Neuralgia Clinic
The UCSF Trigeminal Neuralgia Clinic provides advanced medical treatment for patients with trigeminal neuralgia, including surgical treatment when appropriate. For undiagnosed patients who are experiencing severe facial pain, our neurologists are experts in determining whether the pain is caused by trigeminal neuralgia or another disorder.
Most patients begin with a comprehensive evaluation by a neurologist to determine what's causing their facial pain. If trigeminal neuralgia is found to be the cause for you, the doctor will first try to control your pain using medication. Our trigeminal neuralgia clinicians can evaluate patients at the San Francisco or San Mateo clinics. If medical management is not successful, surgical treatment may be an option, and you will be referred to our neurosurgeon for an evaluation.
If you've already received a definitive diagnosis of trigeminal neuralgia, and medication has not resolved your pain, your neurologist may refer you directly for an evaluation with our neurosurgeon at (415) 353-2241. Please note that patients may not self-refer for a surgical evaluation.
We are part of the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences. We are one of the largest referral centers for trigeminal neuralgia in the United States.
Awards & recognition
Best hospital in Northern California
Best in the U.S. in neurology & neurosurgery
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What to Bring
- Photo I.D.
- Health insurance card
- Insurance authorization, if required
- Doctor's referral, if required
- Recent test results related to your condition
- List of your medications, including dosages, plus any you're allergic to
- List of questions you may have
- Device or paper for taking notes
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