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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 questions should I ask my plastic surgeon about migraine surgery?

Use this checklist as a guide during your migraine surgery consultation:

  • Why do you perform migraine surgery?
  • Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
  • Were you trained specifically in the field of plastic surgery?
  • Were you trained specifically in the field of headache/ migraine surgery?
  • How many years of plastic surgery training have you had?
  • How many such procedures have you performed?
  • Do you have hospital privileges to perform this procedure? If so, at which hospitals?
  • Is the office-based surgical facility accredited by a nationally- or state-recognized accrediting agency, or is it state-licensed or Medicare-certified?
  • Am I a good candidate for this procedure?
  • Should I try other noninvasive treatment methods before having surgery?
  • Which trigger sites do I need surgery for?
  • Should all my triggers be addressed at the same time or do you recommend a staged procedure?
  • What type of anesthesia is best for me?
  • Which incisions will you make and what scars can I expect?
  • What will be expected of me to get the best results?
  • Where and how will you perform my procedure?
  • What surgical technique is recommended for me?
  • How long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery?
  • What are the risks and complications associated with my procedure?
  • How are complications handled?
  • What are my options if I am dissatisfied with the outcome?
  • May I speak with a one or more of your former patients who have had a similar procedure?


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