Migraine Surgery



Migraine Surgery

Migraines are one of the most painful chronic conditions that affects more than 38 million Americans. This pulsating pain can occur at any time and last for hours or even days on end. In addition to the obvious discomfort and downtime, many patients also experience nausea, photophobia (sensitivity to light), and phonophobia (sensitivity to sound) when they are having a migraine. This headache disorder affects individuals of all ages, although women are about 3 times more likely to experience a migraine than men. The good news though is that advances in medical science have brought about interventions that can prevent attacks to minimize their interference with your daily life.

LA plastic surgeon Dr. Ruston Sanchez has helped numerous men and women from Baton Rouge and surrounding Louisiana areas of Lafayette, Hammond, and New Orleans get relief with migraine surgery. The goal of this procedure is to reduce or completely eliminate the frequency, duration, and pain caused by migraine headaches. This is typically achieved by surgically releasing pressure points around the head. Dr. Ruston works individually with each one of his patients to find a treatment schedule that is suited to their needs.

Why Migraine Surgery

Since the late 1910s, physicians have understood an interconnection between headaches and anatomy. Migraines are linked to irritation and compression of key nerves in your head. It is no wonder that by the 1980s, individuals who received sinus surgery reported relief from headaches. Over the last two decades, plastic surgeons have learned that by decompressing the affected nerves through surgical intervention, they can reduce the frequency, severity, and duration of headaches.

Surgical Approach

Migraine surgery is an outpatient procedure that may be performed under intravenous sedation, local or general anesthesia. During the surgery, an incision will be made in the hairline just above the forehead, across the back of the head, or in the temple depending on the location of your trigger site. The surgeon will then decompress the irritated nerves using a variety of surgical techniques. Once the treatment is complete, the incisions will be closed using sutures. Dr. Ruston takes great care to minimize (and hide) the incision sites in order to reduce the risk of visible scarring. The surgeon will take you through the entire surgical process, as well as discuss the treatment method, during one of your visits to his office.

Who is a Candidate?

Migraine surgery is a highly specialized procedure that aims to decompress the peripheral nerve in order to provide relief from chronic migraine headaches. Many patients who receive this surgery are referred by a neurologist or primary care physician. Typically, ideal candidates for this treatment are individuals who:

  • Have been diagnosed with a migraine headache by a neurologist
  • Experience headaches as a result of nerve compression in the head
  • Have tried various medical treatments for migraines with little or no success
  • Suffer from unfavorable side effects as a result of using migraine medications

Individuals who have a favorable response to BOTOX injectable also tend to be good candidates for this surgery. During your initial migraine relief consultation in Louisiana, the surgeon will listen to your concerns, ask questions, and let you know whether this treatment is for you. Dr. Ruston Sanchez is a committed professional who works diligently to create an individualized treatment plan to meet the needs of each patient. Dr. Ruston may ask you to stop smoking, avoid some medications, and set aside time for recovery before undergoing this procedure.



Recovery after Migraine Surgery

Following your migraine headache treatment, you will be allowed to go home to continue with treatment. There will be minimal dressings if any. Many patients tend to experience swelling in the treatment area over the first few days. Your surgeon will let you know how to control this. It is possible that the nerves may be inflamed during recovery, leading to significant pain and discomfort. Dr. Ruston may provide nerve modulator medication to help with this. The surgeon will also let you know how to look after your treatment site, as well as provide detailed post-op instructions. Adhering to the doctor’s advice is important in order to ensure a speedy healing process. The majority of patients are able to resume their daily routine within a few weeks. However, it may take a couple of months before the nerves heal and you receive the benefits of this treatment. Dr. Ruston and his team will be available to answer all your questions throughout the recovery process.


Plan your Migraine Surgery in Baton Rouge

The cost of a migraine surgery in Louisiana can vary greatly from one patient to the other. On average, most of Dr. Ruston’s patients can expect to pay anywhere between $5,000 and $15,000 for this surgery.

Meet Dr. Ruston Sanchez

Dr. Ruston is a board-certified LA plastic surgeon who has got the skills to deliver a successful migraine surgery. Many of his past migraine surgery patients experienced migraine relief after this surgery. Dr. Ruston takes each patient case as unique and works diligently to achieve the best procedure outcome with faster surgery time, smallest scar possible, and minimal risk of complications. Get in touch with Dr. Ruston’s office today to schedule a consultation visit for your migraine surgery in Baton Rouge

Average Cost

$5,000 – $15,000


Migraine Surgery FAQs

What causes migraines?
Although the specific cause is not known, many doctors suspect that migraines are a result of abnormal brain activity that affects how nerves communicate. Some people are more predisposed to migraines because of genetics. In many patients, these chronic headaches will be triggered by hormonal changes, physical causes such as insufficient sleep, emotional triggers such as stress or anxiety, certain medications such as sleeping pills, and environmental factors such as strong smells and loud noises.
Will there be scarring?
Many patients who are planning to have migraine surgery are concerned about the risk of visible scarring. Dr. Ruston creates incisions in well hidden areas such as within the scalp, or in the folds of the upper eyelid, in order to address this concern. Following this treatment, the surgeon will also let you know how to care for your incision sites to prevent visible scarring.

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