Migraine Surgery San Diego

Do you suffer from debilitating Migraine Headaches? There is a surgical relief available. Two migraine surgery techniques targeting a specific “trigger site” are both highly effective in reducing the frequency and severity of migraine headaches, according to a randomized trial in the July issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

 

Botox for Migraine Headaches

Migraine Surgery can be an effective solution for patients who need routine Botox injections to provide relief for their Headaches. Botox has become a effective tool to provide relief from Migraines. We are also able to provide this course of treatment. Botox is a temporary solution that requires injections on a regular basis.

 

Surgery for Migraine Headaches

Surgical decompression of the peripheral sensory nerves around the skull can have a beneficial effect on the frequency, severity and duration of the migraine headaches. Surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure under local or (usually) general anesthesia and usually takes one to two hours. Some patients have multiple migraine triggers and surgery may take longer if the trigger sites are on different areas of the head. Surgery is not on the brain and we do not remove or go through the skull bones.

 

Migraine Surgery Results

Most studies have shown success rates above 70 percent, with roughly one-third of the patients experiencing total relief of their migraines. When successful, patients report an improvement in migraine frequency, duration, intensity and in health-related quality-of-life.

 

Am I a candidate for Migraine Surgery?

Patients who have been diagnosed with migraines by a neurologist (not all headaches are migraines), or patients with sites of nerve compression identifiable with a high degree of confidence. Several other factors are considered, including the efficacy (or failure) of medical treatment, side effects of medications and the severity of the migraines. Patients with a favorable response to Botox® or local anesthetic injections are generally good candidates for migraine surgery.

Please call either our Del Mar or Coronado location to set up a complimentary consultation for an evaluation with a Plastic Surgeon. Out of town patients may utilize our patient portal for a virtual consultation. At this consultation, it will be possible to determine if you are a candidate for this surgery, the risks associated with surgery, the benefits of surgery and also the alternatives to a surgical procedure. You are welcome and encouraged to ask questions and share your personal experiences with Migraine Headaches.

 

Migraine Surgery Recovery

Slight bruising and swelling may occur, and typically resolves within two weeks. Most patients are able to return to their usual activities in the same time frame. Depending on the specific nerves targeted by surgery, patients might be asked to avoid strenuous exercise for up to three weeks.

Most complications are minor and temporary, and will vary according to the specific surgery. Treatment of migraines around the eye might actually improve the appearance of the forehead by decreasing wrinkles and correcting sagging eyebrows. Complications include wound healing problems, nerve injuries, bleeding and failure of surgery to ameliorate the headaches.

Most of the incisions are well hidden, either in the scalp or in the upper eyelid.

Migraine Surgery Recovery

Slight bruising and swelling may occur, and typically resolves within two weeks. Most patients are able to return to their usual activities in the same time frame. Depending on the specific nerves targeted by surgery, patients might be asked to avoid strenuous exercise for up to three weeks.

Most complications are minor and temporary, and will vary according to the specific surgery. Treatment of migraines around the eye might actually improve the appearance of the forehead by decreasing wrinkles and correcting sagging eyebrows. Complications include wound healing problems, nerve injuries, bleeding and failure of surgery to ameliorate the headaches.

Most of the incisions are well hidden, either in the scalp or in the upper eyelid.

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