Facial Pain Program

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Dr. Philip Stieg and Dr. Michael Kaplitt
Dr. Philip Stieg (left) is the chairman of the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center and Neurosurgeon-in-Chief at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Vice chairman Michael Kaplitt, Ph.D., M.D. (right) specializes in neurosurgical treatment of movement disorders and pain. Together Dr. Stieg and Dr. Kaplitt lead the Facial Pain Program, specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of hemifacial spasm and trigeminal neuralgia.

The Facial Pain Program at the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center is an innovative program that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of two of the most disabling causes of facial pain: trigeminal neuralgia and hemifacial spasm.  Our team includes top specialists in vascular neurosurgery and pain disorders — internationally recognized experts in the field who have advanced training in the very latest minimally invasive procedures used to treat facial pain.

Diagnosing and Treating Facial Pain
Facial pain may be caused by a wide variety of sources, including nerve disorders, injury, infection, migraine headaches, even dental problems.  The pain can range from mild to severe, and it can come on quickly or over a long period of time. Facial pain or spasms can be distracting, embarrassing, even disabling.  Inaccurate diagnosis can delay treatment, so it’s important to get expert help as quickly as possible. The Facial Pain Program at the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center can help make an accurate diagnosis in order to get patients the help they need.

When facial pain is caused by trigeminal neuralgia or hemifacial spasm, our Facial Pain Program has several state-of-the-art options for treatment, including microvascular decompression, rhizotomy, and deep brain stimulation.

In addition to our clinical expertise, the Weill Cornell facial pain team also participates in research studies that may lead to improvements in the treatment of facial pain. Our combination of compassionate patient care, advanced capabilities in the operating room, and research into treatments of the future make us uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat facial pain.

To make an appointment, call Dr. Stieg's office at 212-746-4684 or use our online form to request an appointment with Dr. Stieg or Dr. Kaplitt.