Many people suffer from persistent headaches known as migraines that can range from very painful to debilitating. While the cause of migraines is unknown, prescription medication can help alleviate symptoms in many migraine sufferers. Other people may be better candidates for migraine headache surgery, which can decrease the severity and frequency of migraine attacks.
Double board-certified facial plastic surgeon and otolaryngologist – head and neck surgeon Dr. Waleed Ezzat offers migraine treatment for qualified candidates. He has used his experience in head and neck surgery, microvascular surgery and facial reconstructive surgery to treat migraines for men and women within Boston and throughout Massachusetts.
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When to Consider Migraine Decompression Surgery
The best candidates for migraine treatment:
- Are clinically diagnosed with migraine headaches by a board-certified neurologist
- Experience impairment in their ability to perform everyday tasks due to migraine headaches
- See response to these migraines with BOTOX® injections
- Are unable to manage migraines with medication
Candidates should also have trigger points that can be identified by response to BOTOX® injections. Dr. Ezzat believes in a team approach and, as such, will only treat those who are being actively seen by a board-certified neurologist. You should have realistic expectations and be in good overall physical and mental health.
Before Your Migraine Surgery
Prior to scheduling your migraine treatment, you’ll have a consultation with Dr. Ezzat to discuss your history of headaches and what you can expect from decompression surgery. You’ll also have the chance to ask any questions about the procedure, and Dr. Ezzat will review your information to ensure your candidacy.
Some people who consider getting migraine treatment may find that their headaches are actually linked to their sinuses. People considering migraine surgery who have not yet attempted to manage migraines with medications should seek out medical management by a neurologist first. Finally, Dr. Ezzat may ask you to undergo a trial of migraine management using BOTOX® injections or may coordinate this with your neurologist. This helps confirm your trigger points and ensure that you are a good candidate for nerve decompression surgery.
Your Migraine Treatment Procedure
Migraine surgery is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia. The exact location of the incisions will depend on your specific case, but incisions for migraine decompression surgery are usually well hidden in the hairline or the eyelids.
Migraine surgery is not brain surgery. Rather, migraine surgery decompresses the peripheral sensory nerves around the skull. Dr. Ezzat will use a strategically placed incision to access your trigger points, releasing or removing the nerve or muscle surround the nerve. People with multiple trigger points may need multiple incisions to access each nerve.
Your Migraine Surgery Recovery
Your recovery from headache decompression surgery will depend on how extensive your treatment was and your overall health and lifestyle. You will likely develop some amount of bruising or swelling around the site of your incisions. Dr. Ezzat may ask you to use a special topical treatment or cold compresses during the first few days. In general, however, recovering from migraine surgery is usually a simple process.
Most people take around 1 week off of work after getting migraine surgery. Swelling and bruising should subside in about 2 weeks. You should avoid strenuous exercise for at least 1 month after your treatment.
Your Migraine Surgery Results
You should to expect some relief from migraines within 1 month of getting decompression surgery, although the healing process may take many months. Many people experience a significant reduction in the frequency, severity or duration of their migraines.
Contact us online or call our Boston office at 617-414-4980 to take the first step toward improving your quality of life with migraine decompression surgery.