Peripheral Nerve Surgery for Migraines

The various Migraine Relief surgeries we provide are similar to other peripheral nerve surgeries performed at the Institute of Peripheral Nerve Surgery. Using meticulous microsurgical technique, Dr. Rosenberg identifies injured or compressed nerves with the aim of restoring the patient back to normal function.

Different approaches of Migraine Relief surgery are used depending on the location and focus of the headache. For headaches focused in the brow/forehead region, the muscles known as the corrugator supercilli are gently removed. Dr. Rosenberg also looks for other sites of compression or damage of the supraorbital or supratrochlear nerves, which may be related to the triggering of migraine headaches.

For temporal headaches, Dr. Rosenberg locates the zygomaticotemporal nerves, which are resected and buried in the temporalis muscle.

Migraine Headache Surgery Information

For occipital headaches, a small incision is made over the back of the head, hidden within the hair. The greater occipital nerves are located and decompressed, and in some cases the lesser and/or 3rd occipital nerve.

Recovery from headache surgery with Dr. Rosenberg varies depending on the area which is being operated on. In the brow/forehead area, swelling may persist from as little as 2 weeks for as long as 6 weeks, depending on the individual. Swelling from surgery in the temporal or occipital regions (side and back of the head) is much less noticeable since it is typically hidden by hair. You may shower and wash hair two days after surgery and thereafter.

Complications may include:

  • Pain medication is usually necessary for the first 3-5 days, due to incisional pain.
  • A positive “complication” of surgery often includes: the removal of “frown lines. 

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