Surgery for Chronic Headaches or Migraines

If you suffer from chronic pain, headaches or migraines that present in the front, side or back of your head (or any combination) and are not finding relief through medication or other treatment options, you may be a candidate for migraine surgery.

Criteria for surgery includes:

  • Chronic headaches, migraines or occipital neuralgia occur despite medical care provided by headache-specialized provider, such as a neurologist or pain specialist.
  • You have followed the treatment plan outlined by your neurologist or pain specialist for at least six months.
  • Your neurologist or pain specialist ruled out other possible causes of your headaches or migraines using diagnostic tools such as blood work and magnetic-resonance imaging (MRI) scan.
  • Medical treatment was ineffective, or caused negative side effects, preventing you from continuing to take them.
  • You experienced relief, even if temporary, from peripheral nerve blocks, such as an injection of numbing medications around these peripheral nerves.
  • You have tenderness on selective nerves in the back, front, and/or the side of the head.
  • Your medical treatment has plateaued in providing complete relief.

People with chronic headaches can be treated with outpatient surgical procedures. Many patients who experience long-lasting, debilitating headaches experience complete headache relief following peripheral nerve surgery. Others have partial, but significant, relief. Unfortunately, some headache sufferers are not candidates for this surgery.