Gassarian Ganglion Blockade
Gasserian ganglion is important in the treatment of some types of facial pain. It is possible to relieve pain by blocking the Gasserian ganglion. The Gasserian ganglion is found inside the skull next to the brainstem. First an electrical current is applied to the Gasserian ganglion via a needle that heats the ganglion. This stops it from passing pain signals. Since only the thin nerves in this ganglion are blocked, the remaining function of the ganglion remains intact. Discussing the benefits and risks with your doctor is strongly encouraged; results vary on a case-to-case basis.