Surgery may lessen migraine headache severity, frequency

02/10/2011 | Medscape (free registration)

Surgery to deactivate trigger sites of migraine headaches can yield lasting relief, according to a study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. "We deactivate these trigger sites by eliminating the physical elements that irritate the nerves, such as surrounding muscles, fascia bands and vessels," said lead author Dr. Bahman Guyuron, chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery at Case Western Reserve University. Of 69 patients who received trigger-site surgery, 59% reported significant relief and 29% reported complete elimination of migraines.

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