Clip-grafts in microvascular decompression of the posterior fossa. Technical note

J Neurosurg. 1986 Apr;64(4):679-81. doi: 10.3171/jns.1986.64.4.0679.


A method is described for the protection of the trigeminal root from recurrent vascular irritation or compression after posterior fossa microvascular decompression. A vascular clip-graft, using a Sundt clip of suitable size, is applied to the sensory root of the trigeminal nerve. The technique has proven safe and effective in a series of nine patients followed for up to 28 months.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Microsurgery / instrumentation*
  • Middle Aged
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia / surgery*
  • Vascular Surgical Procedures / instrumentation*