Surgery the best bet for migraine headaches

October 25th, 2009 - 5:00 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, Oct 25 (ANI): A new American study strongly suggests that surgery may be the best option for acute migraine headaches.

The researchers of the University Hospitals Case Medical Center closely monitored 79 migraine patients after surgery and detection of “trigger sites” for nearly five years to come up with their findings.

Only 10 of the 79 patients had to undergo additional surgeries for migraine treatment. These patients were removed from the final study. Out of the remaining 69 migraine sufferers 61 showed positive changes post-surgery. About 29 percent (20 patients) were cured entirely and nearly 60 percent (41 patients) showed slight improvement. Eleven percent (8 patients) showed no improvements.

Bahman Guyuron, MD, Chairman of Plastic Surgery at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, said: “Migraine headaches are extremely disabling and this surgical option offers hope for migraine sufferers.

“Combined with the previous studies, this new five-year data has provided strong evidence that severe migraine headaches and their painful symptoms can be successfully treated with surgery with lasting results.” (ANI)

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