More than 35 million Americans suffer from migraine pain. However, a new procedure performed at UW Health by Ahmed M Afifi, MD, assistant professor of surgery in the division of plastic and reconstructive surgery, is providing relief for migraine sufferers.
“Surgery is simply taking the muscles compressing the nerve – to cut them and relieve the pressure on that nerve,” states Dr. Afifi. And, believe it or not, Dr. Afifi utilizes botox to determine whether a patient is a candidate for migraine surgery. Botox can help locate the trigger point where pressure exists on those nerves.
The surgery lasts just two hours on average, and most people don’t have to stay overnight. Current success rates range from 75-90 percent.
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