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Im sorry to hear about your problem. Can i ask apart from the tegradol have you been prescribed any other medication? And are you suffering from any other diseases which might cause your physician to hesistate for surgery?
I do agree with Dr Thomas, there are several other options regarding treatment of trigeminal neuralgia apart from surgery and medication.
These can include microvascular decompression, gamma knife surgeries or even percutaneous procedures. Usually in patients who are above the age of 65 radiofrequency procedures are used which basically means that a less invasive form of surgery is done. But usually the surgical option is considered after using medication for atleast a short period of time during which if the patient doesnt respond then it is considered. As your surgeon suggested any surgery can be a risk, and if your pain is controlled on the current medication you can consider staying on it. However the above options which i have given you can be discussed with your surgeon. If you like i can give you the names of the exact procedures and discuss this with you further.
Please let me know if i can help you and if you require any more information.