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Why Use Surgery To Treat A Migraine Headache?

For individuals who have not experienced pain relief through traditional means—behavior modification, over-the-counter or prescription medications, or neuromodulation—migraine surgery in NYC may provide long-term relief from their chronic, debilitating symptoms. These symptoms often prevent them from working or attending school, and as well as impair their ability to perform even simple, everyday tasks.

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Long-Term Relief for Chronic Migraine Headaches in New York

Dr. Alizadeh was the first surgeon to see migraine patients within an interdisciplinary center in the New York Metropolitan area dedicated to finding a cure for chronic headaches utilizing medical and surgical techniques. Having cared for thousands of patients and performed hundreds of surgeries for migraines in over a decade, Dr. Alizadeh and his colleagues offer patients a wide range of traditional and progressive treatment options and, for a carefully selected patient population, potentially curative surgery.

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What Is The Cause Of Migraines?

While researchers have yet to identify an exact cause for migraines, the symptoms are believed to be associated with abnormal activity in the brain that results in inflammation of the blood vessels or abnormal constriction of the nerves as they emerge from the skull to provide sensory input. Dr. Alizadeh and his colleagues have identified numerous physical causes for compression around the nerves including muscle anatomy, fibrous scars, tortuous blood vessels, soft tissue tumors, and bony prominence.

Those most susceptible to migraines tend to be women, people with a family history of migraines, and those between the ages of 15 and 55. Some of the most common triggers are lack of sleep, skipped meals, hormonal fluctuations, weather changes, alcohol, and certain foods. There is also a strong correlation with muscular triggers especially in the neck or forehead that can drive the pain. Similarly, there may a central focus of pain which may be related to nasal pathology such as a deviated septum or turbinate hypertrophy.

Migraine surgery addresses a neurological disorder associated with various common symptoms of chronic headaches, including recurring moderate to intense headaches, nausea and vomiting, weakness, loss of vision, and sensitivity to light or sound. A chronic medical condition, migraines often cause throbbing or pulsing on the side of the head. The pain can last for a duration of a few hours or days at a time.

Why Choose Dr. Alizadeh For Migraine Surgery?

For patients suffering from persistent migraine headaches, Dr. Alizadeh has had the most extensive experience in the New york Metropolitan area. As the co-founder and director of the Westcheter headache specialists, he leads a team of multidisciplinary physicians including pain specialists, internists, neurologists, and psychologists who have garnered a reputation in NYC for helping qualified patients achieve significant relief from chronic headaches. Their meticulous approach, along with Dr. Alizadeh’s core practice values, ensure patients of both a smooth experience and the best possible outcome. Dr. Alizadeh has chaired an interdisciplinary conference on chronic headaches with colleagues since 2017 and has presented his results on novel techniques to identify the nerves responsible for chronic pain. He has appeared as the expert migraine surgeon on multiple media outlets including CBS, ABS, and Dr. Sanjay Gupta on CNN. He has been following his patients and now has patients who have been pain free for over 10 years since his operation.

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Migraine surgery was introduced by the pioneering work of Dr. Bahman Guyuron in Cleveland, Ohio who was able to connect the symptoms of the pain to a compressive pathology of the nerves that are responsible for sensory stimuli in the brain. Chronic compression of the nerves by muscle, fibrous bands, vessels, or even scar can lead to severe unrelenting pain. Dr. Alizadeh had the opportunity to visit and learn from the work of Dr. Guyuron in 2010 and has been performing this surgery with an interdisciplinary team of physicians since then.

 Migraines that occur with any regularity can upend a person's life, adversely affecting employment, mental health, and interpersonal relationships. Dr. Alizadeh has accumulated significant experience seeing thousands of migraine patients, with hundreds of successful operations, and has been able to show significant pain relief and improvement of daily living in carefully selected patients.

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Migraine Surgery In New York Can Bring Long-term Relief From Chronic Headaches

Migraine surgery is based on the belief that these specific headaches are caused by compressed peripheral sensory nerves that run along the outer skull. Surgery aims to decompress these nerves and release the specific headache trigger points, without affecting the skull bones or brain. Pressure points can occur anywhere on the head and neck, but common trigger sites include the forehead, temples, around the eyes, inside the nose, and the back of the head.

The techniques used are similar to those applied in facial plastic surgery treatments. Surgery should be considered an option only after a patient has exhausted all other non-invasive, traditional treatment modalities. Migraine surgery is designed as a one-time procedure and is believed to have the benefit of reducing the need for medication, as well as reducing the frequency, duration, and severity of headaches. It can even completely prevent them from occurring in some cases.

Migraine Surgery – Patient History And Selection Criteria

Migraine surgery isn’t a solution for everyone, and we cannot guarantee that all patients will have favorable results from the procedure. Dr. Alizadeh uses strict selection criteria to determine which patients would benefit from, and be optimal candidates for, migraine surgery.

During your consultation, you will be asked the following questions, among others:

  • How long have you been experiencing migraines?
  • How often do they occur, and how long do they last?
  • How severe are your headaches?
  • In what ways do your headaches interfere with your life?
  • Have you identified locations of specific headache triggers?
  • How do you respond to medications?
  • Have your migraines decreased with BOTOX® injections?

Based on your answers to these questions, Dr. Alizadeh will help you determine the appropriate course of action. If he believes you are a candidate for migraine surgery, he will explain in detail the procedure, what to expect from recovery, and any potential risks.

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Contact Dr. Alizadeh today to schedule your migraine surgery consultation and find a solution to your chronic headaches: Request your appointment online, or phone 212.348.0100 (Manhattan) / 516.439.5010 (Long Island).

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