Dr. Hall Can Relieve You From The Pain & Discomfort Caused By Migraines!
Typically, patients approach Dr. Hall for guidance after having been diagnosed with migraine headaches by a neurologist or other medical headache specialist. When it comes to migraine treatment, patients may have tried a variety of options already—including over-the-counter remedies or prescription medication—to reduce the symptoms of their headaches. Medications may provide temporary relief, but they are far from a migraine cure.
Is Curing Migraines Really Possible?
Current thinking is that migraine is at least partly a genetic disorder – a “cure” is not possible at this point. Beyond all of the half-measures and treatment of surface symptoms, however, a permanent migraine treatment does exist. Patients may choose a surgical option that can end migraine symptoms and that directly addresses root causes of the condition.
For years, pain and discomfort have plagued migraine sufferers. This chronic neurological disorder causes moderate-to-severe headaches as well as other significant symptoms, such as nausea and sensitivity to light. With the ongoing and disruptive nature of the condition, it is no wonder that people seek migraine treatment.
Men and women can now address the condition directly through surgery. With this treatment for migraines, patients can significantly reduce or eliminate the pain, discomfort, and the disruption that their headaches cause.
What are your options?
Dr. Hall provides several options for resolving these symptoms. In a treatment for migraines, patients usually begin with a consultation to discuss their medical care to date, including prescription medications and general health. From there, Dr. Hall will make a determination as to whether the patient is a good candidate for a first-level migraine treatment.
Knoxville Plastic & Craniofacial Surgery and Dr. Hall follow current medical evidence suggesting that migraines are caused by the overstimulation of nerve bundles. These bundles may be located at the nasal, frontal, temporal, or occipital sections of the craniofacial area. By reducing the activity of the surrounding musculature, migraine symptoms can be minimized or eliminated.
Dr. Hall starts most patients with BOTOX® injections at the site of nerve bundles causing their headaches. Injections paralyze the muscles that are over-stimulating these nerves. The goal is to stop the symptoms as well as to learn whether patients should seek a permanent surgical solution.
If patients respond well to BOTOX® injections or injection of anesthetic over the nerves (a “nerve block”), they are good candidates for the surgical treatment of migraines. Dr. Hall will explain the details of the procedure to the patient and then schedule an appointment for the surgery.
During the operation, Dr. Hall uses an endoscope to remove muscles from around the nerve bundle so that they will cease sending out pain signals. Dr. Hall also cushions these nerves with fat from the body, placing the material around the nerve bundles like a pillow. The entire procedure is done in an outpatient setting and with the use of an endoscope. Scarring is minimal and hidden by the patient’s hair.
Recovery time is limited thanks to the skill and care Dr. Hall takes during the procedure. Typically, patients will go home with icepacks and keep their head elevated to limit bruising or swelling. These symptoms usually go away within ten days, at which time it is difficult to tell that patients have had surgery at all.
The relief that patients feel is long lasting and they no longer have the painful and disruptive episodes of migraine headaches. They are able to reduce or cease symptoms completely with a small investment of time.
If migraine headaches are causing problems in your life, click on the link below to take Dr. Hall’s headache survey to find out what treatment option is right for you, or fill out the form to request more information.