Migraines can be a life-altering, debilitating condition that can wreak havoc on many patients’ personal and professional lives. Until now, treatments were predominantly based on reducing provocative factors, medicines, and nerve blocks.
Recent research has shown that compression or irritation of the delicate nerves in the face and neck may be a significant contributing factor. Surgery to relieve any compression on these nerves by bone, muscles, or blood vessels can significantly reduce the severity and frequency of migraine attacks.
How is migraine surgery performed?
Surgery may last between 1 – 2 hours and is typically performed under twilight or general anesthesia; patients may go home after surgery. Incisions are hidden in the hairline, where they will be invisible to the naked eye.
After a thorough history and examination of your headache pattern, we will map out the important nerves to identify and decompress for an individualized treatment. These nerves will then be followed from their origin to their terminal branches to ensure that they are not stretched, crushed, irritated, compressed, or otherwise altered in a way that could lead to migraines. The nerves will be released from any such trigger points with very fine microsurgical instruments to ensure that they remain free along their entire course.
Will insurance cover these treatments?
Health insurance may cover surgery for migraines. Please schedule a consultation so that we can perform a comprehensive examination and check what your insurance will cover.
What can I expect afterwards?
Patients can have bruising and swelling around the eyes for 1-2 weeks, with minimal pain. Patients are typically ready for formal social functions within 4-6 weeks. Our goal is to help give you control over your migraines. We look forward to working with you and helping with your condition.