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Surgical Trials Offer Hope for the Crippling Pain of Migraine

A surgical approach to migraine began in the USA in the year 2000.    Surgeons found that by removing the corrugator muscle, which is found just above the eyebrows, patients found relief with their migraines.   This muscle has been found to be a trigger for migraines in a large number of sufferers.

Since not all migraines are triggered by the interaction of this muscle with the nerves in the head, the patients must be screened before undergoing the operation.  The screening involves the patient being injected with Botox, a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, which paralyses the corrugator muscle.  If after a few weeks, the patients have less headaches, then they might be helped by this surgical procedure.

In London, UK,  plastic surgeon, Professor Thomas Muehlberger, has opened the “Migraine Surgery Centre”, where he offers this medical procedure.   Dr. Thomas Muehlberger, has already carried out the procedure successfully on 500 patients at a centre in Berlin.   Many of those patients treated by this procedure have been cured of their migraines.

In the US, a recent clinical trial was  published in  “Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery”, involving 75 patients who suffer with migraine.  The actual surgery was given to  49 of the patients  and the other 26 received a sham-surgery “”placebo” treatment.   After one year the  57 percent of the group receiving the surgery had symptom improvement compared to 4 % in the placebo group.

Dr. Bahman Guyuron of “University Hospitals Case Medical Cente” in Ohio,  concluded the following in the study.

Conclusion: This study confirms that surgical deactivation of peripheral migraine headache trigger sites is an effective alternative treatment for patients who suffer from frequent moderate to severe migraine headaches that are difficult to manage with standard protocols.

Lady Sharon
Scribe of Camelot

Further Reading:

A Placebo-Controlled Surgical Trial of the Treatment of Migraine Headaches

Clinic Offers First Surgical Migraine Cure

Migraine Surgery Centre London

University Hospitals Case Medical Centre

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4 Responses to “Surgical Trials Offer Hope for the Crippling Pain of Migraine”

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  2. CHANTE ORR says:

    Yes, migraine is one of the common health issues. There are plenty of reasons why it occurs. Not sure if you are aware of it, but it might be the symptom of poisoning by toxins caused by intake of chemicals. It might happen at workplaces that are not human-friendly. lol Chemicals can be in the cleaning product that you choose unknowingly, or in a pharmaceutical product. If one has recurring headaches, I also suggest to do a cancer test. In some cases there is a connection between the cause for both. And if the cause is determined towards being an external factor, a victim can file a law suit against a wrong doing corporation and contribute to creation of more socially responsible policies of running a business. There are many cases when victim receives millions of dollars as compensation. Obviously, it not only covers a good treatment, but secures comfortable life for the wholefamily.

  3. Lady Sharon says:

    Hi Chante,

    I thank you for understanding the seriousness of migraine. It can be extremely debilitating to those who suffer from this ailment. Since migraine can be triggered by many different factors, as you suggest, it is wise to investigate many hidden causes. Thank you for adding to this topic to help those who suffer Chante.

    Lady Sharon

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