Migraine headaches affect 38 million people in the U.S., with 4 million suffering at least 15 attacks a month. Estimated costs for lost productivity and healthcare associated with this condition are a staggering $36 billion annually, with 113 million lost work days per year.
Twenty-eight million women in the U.S. suffer from migraines, 25% of whom have 4 or more severe migraine attacks per month. Women account for 85% of all migraine sufferers.
This chronic neurological condition has been poorly understood, undiagnosed and untreated. Treatment in the past has often involved prescription medications, which may provide relief from the symptoms, but may also have side effects. Overuse of medication is the most common reason why episodic migraines become chronic.
Dr. Kevin Rose, a board-certified plastic surgeon in the Salt Lake City area, has pioneered a new surgical approach to resolving chronic migraines. His patients have experienced dramatic results with far-reaching effects on their quality of life.
BOTOX Injections as a Diagnostic Tool for Migraine Surgery
BOTOX injections in migraine trigger sites may significantly reduce the frequency and severity of attacks. The first step in Dr. Rose’s migraine treatment is a one-on-one consultation with the patient. Then he begins the diagnostic process, injecting one trigger site at a time with BOTOX, spacing injections one month apart.
Patients are asked to use a calendar to track their migraine headaches for an entire month after each injection, including data about frequency, severity, location, and duration of migraines. This information helps Dr. Rose further diagnose the patient’s condition to determine whether surgery is appropriate.
Patients who experience significant temporary reduction in migraine frequency and severity with BOTOX injections may be excellent candidates for surgery as a long-term solution. For others, it may be more appropriate to continue with BOTOX treatments.
An Innovative Approach to Migraine Surgery
Dr. Rose researched and trained at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic with Dr. Bahman Guyuron, who discovered a close connection between migraine trigger sites and certain areas commonly treated by plastic surgeons in cosmetic procedures. After extensive research, Dr. Guyuron’s discovery led to a revolutionary new approach to treat migraines.
Migraine Surgery Procedure
For patients who are candidates, Dr. Rose can perform a surgical procedure to deactivate migraine trigger sites. This surgery is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. It takes less than an hour to deactivate each trigger site, which may involve removing a portion of a muscle compressing the cranial nerve or correcting a deviated septum that is putting pressure on the nerves.
Migraine Surgery Success
In a study published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), researchers found that 92% of migraine patients who had experienced significant relief with BOTOX injections demonstrated at least 50% reduction in the frequency, severity, and duration of migraine attacks after surgical deactivation of the headache trigger sites. In another study published by the NIH of the 5-year outcome of surgical deactivation of migraine trigger sites, researchers found a 90% success rate in reducing severity and frequency of migraines.
Migraines are not just severe headaches, but rather a collection of incapacitating neurological symptoms. Chronic migraine attacks can cause acute suffering and severely impact quality of life. Migraine sufferers experience throbbing pain in one or both sides of the head, often accompanied by disabling symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, dizziness, numbness or tingling in the face or extremities, sensitivity to light, sound, touch, and smell, and a range of visual disturbances.
For many patients, migraine surgery, after BOTOX injections have been performed as a diagnostic tool, can produce significant reduction in the frequency and severity of all debilitating symptoms. Relief from these symptoms can have a tremendous positive impact on productivity, relationships, and quality of life. Successful migraine surgery can also have significant benefits for families of migraine sufferers.
BOTOX injections can provide significant relief from the agony of chronic migraines, but the results are temporary. Migraine surgery can produce the same dramatic results, only with benefits that last for the long term. If you are one of the millions of people who suffer from chronic migraines, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kevin Rose in Provo to find out if migraine surgery to deactivate trigger sites is the right treatment option for you.