Today we are following up on our promise to go into more details about the surgical procedure involved with alleviating migraine pain. At this point we hope you will review Part One of our report from last week, especially if you missed it.
The World Health Organization reports that millions of people suffer daily with migraine headaches “of moderate or severe intensity.” Victims also suffer nausea, and one sided or pulsating pain, which is augmented by their routine life activities. These attacks can go on for a duration of hours into 2-3 days, and patients might have them once a year or once a week.
Indeed, recent statistics state, “More than 37 million Americans suffer from migraine, with women being affected three times more often than men. This vascular headache is most commonly experienced between the ages of 15 and 55, and 70% to 80% of sufferers have a family history of migraine.” These facts have intensified the Orlando Cosmetic Surgery’s attempt to educate the public, that such victims might seek an answer in new cosmetic surgical techniques.
A cosmetic surgeon’s knowledge of the nerves of the face, head and neck make him uniquely qualified to enact this highly specialized surgery for the relief of migraine headaches. When medications fail to help, why not check with a cosmetic surgeon about a surgical answer?
Part II: The Surgical Procedure:
1. After initial evaluation and referral, the journal, Plastic Surgery Practice states that “the first step in determining if a patient is a candidate for migraine surgery is to identify if they have a peripheral trigger site that represents nerve compression.”
2. First you must know that there are four main trigger sites “related to the trigeminal and occipital nerve branches: frontal, occipital, temporal, and nasal.” It is the irritation of the peripheral nerves at these trigger sites that can send neurochemical signals, thus irritating the Dura mater (brain) and producing headache pain. Dr. Michael A. Fallucco, MD recently explained, “Pain is distracting, and I find that if I ask patients to focus on “where does their pain start,” it helps identify their pain generator.”
3. Next your surgeon has to know if they can turn off the site of the trigger. In other words, will surgery on the trigger help you? So tests are made with anaesthetic blocks, to make certain your surgeon can operate on the correct set of nerves. Dr. Fallucco also says that often, more than one third of his patients have more than one trigger site.
4. Simply phrased, from this point, the plastic surgeon proceeds through delicate surgery, to decompress the afflicted nerves, often closing with a procedure very similar to blepharoplasty. We invite you to see photos of the surgery and read the exact surgical steps at this source.
The doctors and staff at Orlando Cosmetic Surgery are pleased to say that your days of suffering with migraines might be over if this cosmetic surgical procedure is right for you.
We of Orlando Cosmetic Surgery believe that this procedure is proof that cosmetic surgery is constantly finding new and wonderful ways to enhance the lives of patients, both those with, and without, concern for their outward aesthetic appearance.
As always, we thank you for reading our blog and we hope you will return soon to find out more about the research and treatments available through your cosmetic surgeon.