Study: Migraine Surgery Reduces Pain, Improves Function
Surgical treatment for chronic migraine reduces the frequency and severity of headaches and improves coping ability and everyday function, according to a new study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Migraine surgery, which addresses trigger sites linked to certain headache patterns, is recognized as an effective treatment for people with chronic, severe migraines who do not respond to other treatments. The procedures were developed by plastic surgeons when it was observed that some patients experienced fewer migraine headaches following cosmetic forehead-lift surgery.
The study involved 90 patients who underwent migraine surgery between 2013 and 2015. Study participants were evaluated using a standard migraine questionnaire (Migraine Headache Inventory, MHI) and the Pain Self Efficacy Questionnaire (PSEQ), before and after surgery. One year after surgery, 74 participants completed both questionnaires again. Follow-up scores indicated a significant improvement – 112 percent higher than baseline on the PSEQ, for example, which provides information on pain, functional disability, and ability to cope with pain during normal daily activities.