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Migraine Surgery

Chronic Headache Relief

The goal of migraine surgery is to reduce or eliminate headache frequency, duration and pain by surgically releasing pressure points around the head.

What words should I know about migraine surgery?

General anesthesia

Drugs and/or gases used during an operation to relieve pain and alter consciousness.

Intravenous sedation

Sedatives administered by injection into a vein to help you relax.

Local anesthesia

A drug is injected directly into the site of an incision during an operation to relieve pain.

Hematoma

Blood pooling beneath the skin.

Neuropraxia

Transient irritation of nerves that can result in numbness, tingling and shooting pain after surgery.

Trigger site

A term used to describe the area of migraine pain. This is the same area in which nerves will be released during surgery.

Frontal trigger site

This site corresponds to the pain that starts above your eyebrows.

Occipital trigger site

This site corresponds to pain at the back of your head that sometimes radiates to your eyes.

Temporal trigger site

This site corresponds to pain on your temples.

Rhinogenic trigger site

This site corresponds to the pain that starts in your nose.



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