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Pain Management Program
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UCSF offers the most comprehensive pain management program in Northern California. The Department of Neurological Surgery's Pain Program focuses mainly on surgical management of painful disorders. Patients receive comprehensive assessment of painful conditions, including consideration of direct surgical intervention for their problem (spine or nerve surgery) as well as consideration of the use of pain-reducing procedures (physical therapy, exercises, etc.). Medical management is provided mainly by the UCSF Pain Management Program and by certain members of the Department of Neurology. Procedures performed include placement of spinal-cord stimulators, implantation of pumps to deliver morphine and other agents directly into the spine, percutaneous rhizotomy, dorsal root entry zone (DREZ) lesions, and percutaneous cordotomy for cancer pain. Patients with trigeminal neuralgia are given high priority in scheduling their evaluation. Surgical treatment of trigeminal neuralgia includes microvascular decompression (Janetta procedure), percutaneous rhizotomy, and Gamma Knife® radiosurgery.
FAQ for patients: Surgical Treatment for Trigeminal Neuralgia
Associated Faculty - Functional Neurosurgery Programs
Nicholas M. Barbaro MD
Philip A. Starr MD, PhD
Assistant Chief, San Francisco Veterans Affairs Hospital and Medical Center
Paul S. Larson MD
Pediatric Practitioner
Nalin Gupta MD, PhD

Functional Neurosurgery Programs
Epilepsy, Movement Disorders, Pain, Nerve Injury
Department of Neurological Surgery
University of California San Francisco
UCSF Medical Center, A-808
400 Parnassus Avenue, Box 0350
San Francisco, CA 94143-0350
tel 415.353.7500; fax 415.353.2889

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