What do real experts think about migraine trigger site surgery?

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    I just read Terri Robert's post about migraine surgery. Anyone can copy from a research paper, but I'd like to know what the real experts think about this surgery, please. Kylie.


    Full Answer:

    Dear Kylie;


    Thanks for your question. As the medical reviewer for the post you reference and others on this site, I can attest that you will be hard pressed to find a more "real" expert than Teri Robert. What she lacks in letters after her name she more than overcomes with life experience, research, continuing education, and a daily devotion to being up to date regarding current science and the practice of headache and migraine medicine.

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    Assuming that my M.D. degree, neurology board certification and headache medicine certification qualifies me as a real expert, I can attest that the review posted by Teri accurately reflects the opinion of the American Headache Society and direct you to their position statement, American Headache Society Urges Caution in Using Any Surgical Intervention in Migraine Treatment.


    We all hope that this and any other treatment options being investigated become proven effective and safe therapies for our patients. But the oath of "first do no harm" rings true here.


    Thank you for your question,
    David Watson, MD


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Published On: September 25, 2014