What’s Involved in Surgical Migraine Treatment?

June 22nd, 2016 / Back to Blog »

surgical-migraine-treatmentAn estimated 40+ million individuals in the US suffer from some type of headache disorder. If you don’t personally suffer from the debilitating effects of migraine headaches, chances are you know someone who does.

The good news is, advances in medical science have allowed for more options for migraine treatment. Knoxville expert Dr. Jason Hall is trained in the use of surgical techniques for migraine relief and can help determine if this treatment can help you.

About Headache Disorders

There are a number of different types of headache disorders, each with different causes and treatments:

  • One type of disorder is believed to be caused by pressure on certain nerves in the face and back of the head. By relieving this nerve pressure, about 85% of patients with this type have seen improvement in their headaches.
  • Another type is believed to be brought on by the abnormal dilation of scalp blood vessels. Patients experiencing this type can experience temporary relief through the application of pressure to the vessels themselves, and surgery to divide the suspect vessels can often solve the disorder.
  • A third type is caused by issues with the teeth and/or jaws. Grinding of the teeth, TMJ disorders, and jaw growth abnormalities can bring about this type, which is typically treated by specialty dental procedures.
  • Lastly, and unfortunately, some headache disorders cannot be treated with dental or surgical means. This type can generally only be addressed through the use of medications to help alleviate the resulting pain.

Determining the cause of your headaches is the first step toward successful treatment.

How Migraine Surgery Works

Specifically for sufferers of migraine headaches, nerve decompression surgery has been shown to have a high degree of success in providing lasting relief. The procedure works by surgically releasing the offending nerves from their compression points, preventing them from receiving the signals that cause the pain.

Patients who have experienced temporary relief through Botox injections are likely to benefit from this surgery, but other indicators that the procedure may be successful include:

  • Drooping eyelids during migraine attacks
  • Tenderness on the temple or around the eyebrow on the side of the migraine
  • Worsening of headaches with stress, exercise, coughing, rapid head movement, weather, or altitude
  • Tight neck muscles and/or grinding of the teeth while sleeping
  • A runny nose that accompanies your headaches

Call Knoxville expert Dr. Hall and schedule a consultation today. He will help you determine the best course of treatment to provide relief for your headaches.

Have questions about surgical migraine treatment? Knoxville expert Dr. Jason Hall and his knowledgeable staff are here to help. Call us at 865.973.9500 for your consultation today.