Caring for Trigeminal Neuralgia Patients is something “special” for Dr. McLaughin. In this video, he describes why caring for Trigeminal Neuralgia patients is something that he so enjoys. Trigeminal Neuralgia is a painful, debilitating condition of the brain. Dr. McLaughlin completed training with Dr. Peter Jannetta, the innovator of the Jannetta Procedure for Trigeminal Neuralgia. Dr. McLaughlin is uniquely qualified in the treatment of Trigeminal Neuralgia.
I have often been asked, “Why do you like taking care of Trigeminal Neuralgia patients?”. My answer is they’re one of my favorite patients to take care of. First of all, I have a lot of different therapies to utilize, so patients have options.
I like to explain those options in depth to patients, because there are specific risks and benefits to each. I enjoy counselling them on what are the best options for each person’s individual needs and desires.
We have many different medications that are effective, and multiple types of treatments, all of which offer some level of success. If the medications and conservative therapy are not working, then we consider surgery. This can never be taken lightly. To me…, in my book, any person’s surgery is the most important day in their life. If it does come to surgery, and that person entrusts their life to me, to see them through this illness, what I love most is seeing that person’s face when they wake up from surgery pain free. And the icing on the cake is walking into a surgery waiting room and telling the family that their loved one is going to be all right.
I can’t explain in words how gratifying that is to me. It’s got to be on par with winning and Olympic Gold Medal…, even better. That’s the epitome of being a doctor…, easing suffering…, and I get to do it every day.
I’m so lucky. I see these particular patients in excruciating facial pain, get off their medications, and get back to a normal life. It’s an incredible feeling, and it makes me realize what a privilege it is to be a physician.