Our Philosophy on Pain Management
Baylor Medicine has long been a pioneer in functional neurosurgery, using targeted therapies to improve quality of life. Our multidisciplinary team provides personalized therapy for the treatment of various pain conditions.
Our approach to pain management focuses on providing the least-invasive treatment to improve quality of life.
- Comprehensive facial pain center offering microvascular decompression, percutaneous radiofrequency ablation and balloon compression and stereotactic radiosurgery
- Referral center for the management of cancer pain using both minimally invasive ablative techniques, including cordotomy and intrathecal drug delivery
- Top neuromodulation center for implantation of spinal cord stimulators, dorsal root ganglion stimulators, and intrathecal pumps
The proper management of facial pain conditions, including trigeminal neuralgia, is critically dependent on the ability of your neurosurgeon to provide you with a complete range of treatment options for your pain condition. At Baylor Medicine, our fellowship-trained physicians have deep expertise in a range of surgical procedures to provide the most personalized care for you.
Intractable back and neck pain, which is not amenable to spine surgery, is one of the most significant health challenges in America. The negative long-term effects of chronic systemic opioid use have led to substantial investment in therapies to improve the quality of life in those suffering from chronic pain.
The management of pain associated with cancer often requires a different approach than we use for patients with other pain conditions. Our team has a highly unique experience in the management of cancer pain and closely collaborates not only with Baylor Medicine's Dan L Duncan Cancer Center but also with the MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide this expertise to their patients as well. Through minimally invasive techniques, it is possible to dramatically decrease pain associated with cancer and restore functionality.
Meet Our Team
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