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Migraine Surgery Fast Facts

Dr. Julio Clavijo-Alvarez

Trust your migraine surgery procedure to the best-reviewed plastic surgeon in Pittsburgh, PA.

  • Migraine headaches is a debilitating condition that affects 28 million people in the United States.
  • The FDA has recently approved the use of Botox for the treatment of migraines. By paralyzing the muscles around the face, the headache triggers cease temporarily, thus providing relief from migraine symptoms.
  • In addition, a series of surgical procedures for migraine surgery have been developed to permanently decompress nerves and improve these symptoms.
  • If you have severe migraine headaches (>15 per month), set up a consultation to start exploring the best treatment for your condition.

A Patient's Success Story

If you suffer from migraine headaches and traditional medicines have failed to offer relief, Dr. Julio Clavijo-Alvarez performs migraine surgery to help patients.

What is Migraine Surgery?

Woman holding her head due to painful migraine headaches. Migraine surgery is a series of procedures geared to release nerves from your head and face to relieve the triggers points for migraines. Usually, patients who respond well to Botox injections are good candidates for this procedures.

How and where is the surgery done?

The migraine surgery is done in an accredited AAAASF and state certified facility or the hospital. It is done under general anesthesia. The duration of the procedure is about 2 to 6:30 hours depending on how many trigger points are released. It can be done as an outpatient procedure or as a 23 hours observation in the hospital.

Do I need to have my stitches removed?

The answer is yes and no. When doing your migraine surgery we will use absorbable stitches. Despite the use of ointments and massage, we will need to remove some of the remaining stitches that did not fall or disappear.

How is the post-op recovery?

Following your migraine surgery, you should plan for the following:

  • 1 week off from work if non-physical
  • No driving while taking narcotic medication
  • Drains if doing occipital nerve decompression
  • Swelling for 1-2 weeks
  • Bruising for 1-2 weeks
  • Exercise: resume activities at 2-3 weeks, and back to normal at 6 weeks
  • Follow up appointments after: one week, 6 weeks, 6 months, and 1 year

What complications could occur?

When doing migraine surgery, some of the possible complications related to the procedure are:

  • Infection (<1%)
  • Bleeding (<1%)
  • Recurrence or lack of full improvement of the migraines
  • Numbness on the nerve territory
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