Plastic Surgery for Migraine? Maybe.

Possibly a good preventive option for some Migraineurs.

by Teri Robert, Lead Health Guide

Anyone with Migraines will tell you that we all wish there were a cure for Migraine disease. The reality, however, is that there is no cure at this time.

Even though there is no cure for the disease, there are effective treatments, both for prevention and for treating Migraine attacks when they occur. Preventive treatments, at their best, reduce not only the frequency of Migraines, but also the severity, making those Migraines easier to treat and easier to live with.

Over the weekend, I kept seeing news headlines such as the following:

•  Surgery may cure some cases of Migraine

•  Surgery Potentially Best Option for Severe Migraine Headaches

•  Surgery the best bet for Migraine headaches

My problem with these headlines is that they're inaccurate at best. The articles that go with the headlines are about Dr. Bahman Guyuron's surgical procedure for the PREVENTION of Migraine. I reported on one study of this procedure in our article Plastic Surgery for Migraine? That study had a one-year follow-up.

In newly released research, 79 Migraine sufferers were followed for at least five years after having undergone Dr. Guyuron's surgical procedure.

Since the surgery, 10 of the 79 patients required additional surgeries for newly detected trigger sites and were eliminated from the final analysis. Of the remaining 69 study participants:

•  20 (29 percent) reported elimination of Migraines entirely.

•  41 (59 percent) noticed a significant decrease in Migraines.

•  8 (11 percent) experienced less than 50 percent improvement or no change.

Dr. Guyuron stated:

"Migraine headaches are extremely disabling and this surgical option offers hope for Migraine sufferers... Combined with the previous studies, this new five-year data has provided strong evidence that severe Migraine headaches and their painful symptoms can be successfully treated with surgery with lasting results."1

For patients who suffer frontal Migraines, Dr. Guyuron removes the corrugator supercilii (frowning) muscle group in the forehead that is suspected to be a trigger point for headaches, compressing nerves and causing nerve inflammation. Temple Migraines are treated by removing a small branch of the trigeminal nerve. For those patients who suffer from occipital (back of the head) Migraines, a small piece of muscle encasing the nerve is removed and replace with a soft tissue flap. When the Migraines are located behind eyes and are triggered by weather change, he works on the nose septum and surrounding structures.

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