Migraine HeadachesOver 30 million Americans have been diagnosed with migraine headaches, and yet many have not found relief. If you suffer from the symptoms of severe headaches or migraines, our Jacksonville plastic surgery practice offers an outpatient treatment option that may be able to ease your pain. Migraine headaches can significantly impact a person’s life – from their work to their personal lives. Many patients choose to treat migraine headache pain with medications, acupuncture, or massage. However, these methods of treatment are not effective for everyone. For patients who have not found relief from these treatment options, migraine surgery is an alternative that may work to completely and permanently eliminate pain. Migraine surgery is designed to substantially reduce or relieve pain by targeting the pain’s source. In many cases, a patient’s migraine pain consistently stems from the same area. These sites of pain (peripheral trigger sites) can be located frontally (pain around the eyebrow/forehead), occipitally (pain at the base of the head/neck junction behind the ear) temporally (side of the scalp above or in front of the ear), or, less commonly, nasally. Once the source of pain is identified, migraine surgery has been shown to be effective at reducing the frequency, severity, and duration of headache pain in a large majority of cases. After the procedure, some patients will find their migraine headaches have completely disappeared or are treated by over-the-counter medication.
What Is a Migraine?A migraine is typically described as an intense, throbbing pain in the head, often on just one side. In many cases, a migraine may be accompanied by symptoms such as nausea and vomiting. Sound and light sensitivity may also be present during a migraine, and some people even experience temporary loss of vision. Migraine pain can occur in a number of areas in the head, but it often presents behind one eye, one ear, or in the temples. Individuals who suffer from migraines frequently experience extreme, debilitating pain for long periods—sometimes for hours or even days at a time. The specific causes of migraines are still somewhat of a mystery, but researchers believe chemical imbalances in the brain and/or genetic factors, age, and gender may be contributors to the condition. Some indicators that have been reported to occur right before the onset of a migraine include hormonal changes, emotional stress/anxiety, alcohol/caffeine consumption, a change in the weather, ingestion of certain types of food, and other factors. The symptoms of a migraine are often much more severe than a typical headache, and these conditions can have a significant impact on one’s daily life. Migraine treatment from our practice has helped many patients successfully address this concern and improve their livelihood.
Am I a Candidate for Migraine Surgery?Potential candidates for surgical migraine treatment from Dr. Michael Fallucco first have their specific condition diagnosed by a neurologist or primary care physician. The International Headache Society offers guidelines for identifying the precise nature of a patient’s headaches, allowing Dr. Fallucco to determine the patient’s candidacy for treatment. Because not all headaches result from the same cause, not all patients suffering from headaches will be eligible candidates for this procedure.
PROCEDURE: Migraine Surgery
PROCEDURE: Migraine Surgery