Facial Pain Program

Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute

Facing the future shouldn't be a painful experience

Saint Luke's Facial Pain Program offers surgical and non-surgical treatment tailored to each patient's needs. Call 816-932-2700 to schedule an appointment today.

Meet our Doctor

Shooting, stabbing pains to the face and other areas of the head are something most people will never experience. But the specialists at Saint Luke’s Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute treat patients with facial pain on a daily basis.

Saint Luke's neurosurgeon Stephen Griffith, M.D., has extensive experience diagnosing and treating all types of facial pain, including:

  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Supra-orbital neuralgia
  • Infra-orbital neuralgia
  • Occipital neuralgia
  • Glossopharyngeal neuralgia
  • Geniculate neuralgia

Saint Luke’s Facial Pain Program provides coordinated, world-class care to facial pain patients of all ages. After a thorough clinical exam, patients will undergo advanced imaging studies to provide detailed views of the soft tissue, nerves, and arteries of the face.

Surgical and non-surgical treatment plans are tailored to fit each patient's needs. Options include:

  • Microvascular decompression: insertion of a tiny sponge between a nerve and blood vessel to stop the vessel from pressing on the nerve
  • Internal neurolysis: separation of healthy and damaged threads within the nerve fiber
  • Radiofrequency gangliolysis: the use of an electrical current to heat and destroy the part of the trigeminal nerve that is causing pain
Saint Luke's Neurological & Spine Surgery–Plaza
4320 Wornall Rd, Ste 710
Kansas City, MO 64111
816-932-2705 fax