Eighteen percent of all women and six percent of men between the ages of 15 and 50 suffer from migraines–that’s more than 30 million Americans.

For patients who don’t respond to standard medical therapy and continue to suffer from recurrent migraines, a relatively new minimally invasive surgery may help them finally reduce or even eliminate migraines from their lives.

About Migraine Surgery

Migraine headaches can be debilitating, and are often accompanied by sensitivity to light and sound, nausea and vomiting. Lifestyle changes and medications provide relief to some, but not all patients. A minimally invasive procedure, called trigger site surgery, may be an option for those patients.

Trigger site surgery involves the removal of small portions of migraine-triggering muscle or nerve tissue in the head and neck through a few small incisions. By releasing pressure in these areas, the surgery can help interrupt the cascade of events that can lead to a migraine when a trigger point becomes irritated.

In initial studies, more than half the patients reported a “complete elimination” of headaches. Ninety-two percent reported a more than 50 percent reduction in the frequency, severity and duration of migraines.

Dr. J.B. Moore, a board-certified plastic surgeon, performs trigger site surgery for migraines at Olathe Medical Center.

Are You a Candidate for Migraine Surgery?

If you have suffered from migraines that have not responded well to treatment, you might be a candidate for trigger site surgery.

Before you make an appointment with Dr. Moore, you will need to obtain two letters from physicians:

  • One from a physician stating that you have been treated for migraines for at least 12 months without success
  • Another from a neurologist stating that you’ve been diagnosed with migraines

After your initial consultation, if Dr. Moore determines that you may qualify for surgery, he will perform an in-office procedure to inject Botox (botulinum toxin A) into specific muscles in the forehead, back of the head or temple areas that may be trigger points for your migraines. If the Botox treatment is successful in preventing migraines or lessening their severity, then surgery to remove the triggering muscle is likely to achieve the same result, possibly permanently.

For more information about these requirements, as well as a resource guide about the advanced migraine surgery and Dr. Moore, please call 913-782-0707.