What are the annual costs of trigeminal neuralgia (TN) surgery in the US?

Updated: Sep 30, 2019
  • Author: Kim J Burchiel, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Brian H Kopell, MD  more...
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The cost per quality adjusted pain-free year was $6,342, $8,174, and $8,269 for glycerol rhizotomy, microvascular decompression, and stereotactic radiosurgery, respectively, according to Pollock. [6] As of 2005, approximately 8000 patients with TN were undergoing surgery each year in the United States, at an estimated cost exceeding $100 million.


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