Migraine :: Surgery helps relieve migraines

Surgical treatment of migraine reduced missed work days by 73 percent and significantly lowered the annual cost of migraine care for patients, according to a study in the January issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

The patients in the study were injected with Botox to determine which muscles in their forehead or back of their head triggered their migraines. Once the muscles were pinpointed, they were surgically removed.

The surgery eliminated migraines in 35 percent of the patients and reduced the frequency, intensity or duration of migraines in 92 percent of the patients.

Before the surgery, the migraine patients missed an average of 4.4 days of work per month. Following the surgery, they missed an average of 1.2 days a month. The patients’ annual out-of-pocket expenses for migraine treatment was reduced from about $7,612 to $925.

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