American Society of Plastic Surgeons
For Medical Professionals

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 results should I expect after migraine surgery?

Migraine surgery can reduce migraine frequency, duration and severity in appropriately selected patients. Studies have shown that between 70% and 95% of patients undergoing surgery experience improvement or complete elimination of migraine headaches.

While some patients see an immediate improvement in their headaches, others can only appreciate the effect of surgery after several months.

The practice of medicine and surgery is not an exact science. Although good results are expected, there is no guarantee. In some situations, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single surgical procedure and a second operation may be necessary.

Sometimes, intense pain masks another area of pain. If you are experiencing pain at the site of surgery or in a different area, see your plastic surgeon in the office. A second site of pain may have been unmasked by your first surgery.

When you go home, if you experience shortness of breath, chest pains or unusual heart beats, seek medical attention immediately. Should any of these complications occur, you may require hospitalization and additional treatment.

Following your physician's instructions is key to the success of your surgery. It is important that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, abrasion, or motion during the time of healing. Your doctor will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself.


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