Migraine Treatment at the Surgical Migraine Clinic in Miami Beach, FL
End The Pain, Be Migraine Free
WHAT IS NERVE DECOMPRESSION SURGERY FOR MIGRAINE HEADACHES?
Nerve decompression surgery is an innovative, breakthrough procedure used to decompress nerves in the neck and head to relieve and reduce pain for people who have been clinically diagnosed with migraines.
Common Trigger Sites For Migraine Treatment
Immediate Migraine Relief, Lasting Results
How Our Miami Migraine Relief Treatment Works
Migraines are often caused by peripheral nerves of the head and neck that become irritated, compressed or entrapped. By surgically removing muscle, fascia bands, small arteries or bone tunnels that are causing nerve constriction, the nerves are decompressed, reducing or eliminating migraines in affected patients.
Surgical relief is determined by the number of locations of compressed nerves, the number of migraine episodes and the degree of migraine intensity.
Your Surgical Migraine Relief Consultation
- Discuss your treatment options – including BOTOX®, medical treatment and surgical procedures
- Examine your face, head and neck area
- Determine your trigger sites
- Outline your treatment plan, completely individualized to address your medical needs
- Answer any questions you may have
Understanding Our Migraine Headache Procedure
Nerve decompression surgery removes muscle tissue – tough tissue called fascia – and/or small arteries that constrict the nerves, giving the nerves more room (decompression) and improving or relieving migraines. The procedure is analogous to carpal tunnel surgery. None of the nerves are located within the brain. They are peripheral nerves that have already exited the brain and central nervous system.
Our Migraine Headache Treatment Process
At the Surgical Migraine Clinic in Miami, we must first determine the areas of discomfort caused by nerve compression. In order to do that, our doctors use BOTOX® or anesthetic injections to relieve pressure on specific nerve branches in the head. By determining the trigger sites causing the migraines, we are able to determine if surgery is the best course of treatment for the patient.
Migraine relief surgery is mainly performed on an outpatient basis, typically under general anesthesia. In some cases other types of anesthesia can be used. In rare circumstances an overnight stay is needed. Prior to the procedure, the details of your surgery will be reviewed and discussed with you by our team of doctors.
What to Expect
Our team of doctors undertake every effort to ensure the health and safety of our patients at all times. There are typically minimal side effects from the surgery, and most patients experience complete relief from migraines afterward.
Surgical success is almost immediate, with patients typically recovering from surgery very quickly. You can expect only a few days of downtime; however, the full recovery period can vary. In most cases the full effect will be experienced within a few weeks.
WHAT ARE MIGRAINES ASSOCIATED WITH?
Migraine disorder is often associated with intense, frequent, and debilitating headache pain.
MIGRAINE HEADACHES IN MEN AND WOMEN
Women suffer from migraine headache disorders three times more often than men. The occurrence of migraines is said to be related to fluctuations in female hormones. Hormonal changes probably cause menstrual migraines. About 60 percent of women experiencing migraines report headaches being more frequent during their menstrual cycle. Medical care is not offered to the majority of migraine sufferers. As a result, misdiagnoses, ill-advised self-prescribed treatments, and medication overuse are common, leading to an increase in symptom frequency.
Depression, anxiety, insomnia, epilepsy, and stroke are common disorders associated with migraine headaches. Similar medications are effective for treating migraines and related disorders.
WHAT CAUSES MIGRAINE HEADACHES?
Researchers haven’t identified a definitive cause for migraines. However, they have found some contributing factors that can trigger the condition. A decline in serotonin levels, for example, indicates changes in brain chemicals. Other factors that may trigger a migraine include:
- bright lights
- severe heat, or other extremes in weather
- changes in barometric pressure
- hormone changes in women, such as estrogen and progesterone fluctuations during menstruation, pregnancy, or menopause
- excess stress
- loud sounds
- intense physical activity
- skipping meals
- changes in sleep patterns
- use of certain medications, such as oral contraceptives or nitroglycerin
- unusual smells
- certain foods
- smoking and or alcohol use
PHASES OF MIGRAINES
A migraine prodrome can last up to 24 hours and affects 60 percent of all migraine patients. A headache is detectable by symptoms such as mood changes, increased thirst and yawning, bloating, neck pain, frequent urination, constipation, and diarrhea. It is also common for victims to feel more sensitive to light and sound.
About 15 percent of migraine patients experience an aura phase. Migraine patients often experience an aura before headaches. Aura phases may last for an hour. When patients experience a visual aura, they typically see flashing lights or shimmering effects. Other neurological symptoms such as hemiparesis and paresthesias, which are unpleasant sensations of abnormal numbness, tingling, or burning, are known to accompany auras before migraines.
A recurring headache begins as a unilateral episode—but it may move to a bilateral episode if the pain passes to another area of the head. There can be an increase in throbbing and pulsing pain due to cranial pressure. The pain will increase if you cough, sneeze, or move around. In addition to nausea, vomiting, and dizziness, phonophobia and photophobia are common secondary symptoms. This phase generally involves patients seeking bed rest in a dark, quiet room.
A headache resolution phase is characterized by exhaustion, mood swings, and irritability.