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Facial Pain and Hemifacial Spasm Center

Sharp, piercing facial pain that starts suddenly with no apparent reason can be controlled.

The Facial Pain and Hemifacial Spasm Center's team represents a multidisciplinary group of healthcare professionals with tremendous expertise and skills. By applying the most advanced and innovative neurosurgical care, we are able to provide a full range of treatments to relieve pain or spasms without the constant burden of medications.

World-Renowned Specialists

The Montefiore facial pain and hemifacial spasm team is bringing real change and relief to patients by using inspired, innovative techniques and technology. Many practitioners contribute, working with the core physician team of:

Neurosurgical Team Leader
Director of Facial Pain Center

Neurosurgery: Emad N. Eskandar, MD; Vijay Agarwal, MD; James T. Goodrich, MD; Patrick A. Lasala, MD

Conditions We Treat

Trigeminal Neuralgia

The most common in a family of disorders, trigeminal neuralgia is caused by spontaneous, nontraumatic injury to a cranial nerve. Read more >>

Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia

Characterized by extreme pain in the back of the throat, tongue or ear, glossopharyngeal neuralgia is characterized by sudden, recurring pain that lasts a few seconds or minutes. Read more >>

Hemifacial Spasm/Twitch

Hemifacial spasm is a disabling disorder, where one side of the face twitches uncontrollably, occurring suddenly, either episodically or nearly continuously. Read more >>

The trigeminal nerve has three branches—ophthalmic, maxillary and mandibular—that together carry sensory information to or from the eye, check and jaw. Trigeminal neuralgia is a disorder that produces pain in one or more of these three areas.
Treatments We Offer

Treatment plans are designed to maximize our patients’ care, returning them to health as quickly as possible.

  • Deep brain stimulation
  • Glycerol rhizotomy
  • Microvascular decompression
  • Motor cortex stimulation
  • Nerve block
  • Percutaneous rhizotomy
  • Radiofrequency rhizotomy
  • Radiosurgery

Physician Referrals

Montefiore embraces a collaborative approach.
For patient referrals or consultations,
please contact us at 718-920-7400.

Patients and Families

For more information about Montefiore's Department of Neurological Surgery,
please contact us at 718-920-7400.