Who is a candidate for trigeminal neuralgia surgery?

People with bad pain. Anybody could be a candidate for surgery based on the intensity of their pain, but the surgery is risky and somewhat drastic. A patient should try all other approaches to treatment of their symptoms before choosing surgery. The surgery involves cutting the pain fibers from your face, which means you don't feel pain and that is risky long term. You can also have damage to other nerves in your face.
Severe symptoms. If it interferes with your life then you are a candidate.