Surgery for Migraines? A Last Resort if All Else Fails

August 6th, 2013

woman migraineSome migraine sufferers get to the point where they will consider almost any option available to reduce or rid themselves of their chronic migraines.

As surprising as it may be to learn, about half of migraine sufferers never go to a specialist to learn about the spectrum of options they have for either treating the pain of their migraines or if they have 2 or more migraines a week, options for preventing their migraines from occurring.

Some of you who have really bad chronic migraines, may have read about and considered looking into a relatively newer type of migraine surgery called Trigger Site Release Surgery.*

*Surgery for chronic migraines, if ever an option, should only be discussed and considered once all other non-surgical options for controlling your migraines have been exhausted.  Including trying for 3 months, the best known natural medicine for migraines – MigreLief  (www.migrelief.com)

Of course if you have tried all of the preventive options, and the numerous medicines for controlling the pain or aborting migraines and your life is still significantly and unacceptably disrupted by your chronic migraine attacks, then a conversation with a physician experienced with this procedure might make sense.

Trigger Site Release Surgery – Surgeons have shown that some patients who respond to Botox injections (many do not) may be candidates for this surgery that deactivates targeted trigger sites where your migraines occur. At least 4 sites, the forehead, side of the head, back of the head and the nasal area, have been identified as sites that can compress nerves and cause migraine attacks. Surgically these areas can be decompressed (which may involve removing parts of muscles in the area).  This surgery is relatively new. Long-term safety and side-effects of this treatment are not completely known.  80% of patients (though in total, a relatively small number) report at least a 50% reduction in migraine frequency, intensity or duration but these decreases in frequency, intensity and duration also apply to patients who successfully take preventive options without going through surgery.

For those of you who would like to read more information about trigger point release surgery please go to the following link.

http://www.enttoday.org/details/article/1057653/Targeting_Headaches_Trigger_release_surgery_an_option_for_patients_with_chronic_.html

 

Curt Hendrix M.S. C.C.N. C.N.S.

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