Migraine Surgery Yields Positive Long-Term Response

A study published in the journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons states that migraine surgeries yield long-term good result. About 90% of patients experienced at least partial relief after the operation. Around 30% patients experienced complete elimination of the migraine headache post the surgery.

Dr. Bahman Guyuron, chairman of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio and a plastic surgeon, is responsible in developing this unique surgery to bring relief to many. He noticed reduction in the headache activity in migraine patients after they had undergone a cosmetic forehead-lift. The operation consists of deactivating the “trigger sites” surgically.

Before the surgery, each patient of migraine was tested with BOTOX (botulinum toxin A) to locate the correct trigger site. For most of the patients, two trigger sites were deactivated. The five-year results were observed in 69 patients. In 89% patients the long-term response to the surgery was positive. In 59% patients the headache had reduced considerably and 29% observed a complete elimination of the painful headaches.

About 1/3 rd of migraine patients do not respond positively to the present migraine treatments. These new surgical techniques might give respite to such people. Further studies are required to know the reason behind the effectiveness of this treatment and also to improve upon the present surgical techniques.

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