Suffering from a migraine can mean going excruciating pain and a great number of headaches. These problems can occur even on a daily basis and prevent someone from going on with their day as usual.
A new surgery is presented as being able to help reduce the number of headaches for people that have migraines. This could improve their everyday function and the ability to cope with the pain. The surgery is based on a new method.
The Benefits and Limitations of the Migraine Surgery
A paper recently published in the Journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery shows the efficiency of this migraine surgery. Researchers observed that this could help alleviate the severity of the pain and lower the number of headaches.
“The results show that migraine surgery can lead to dramatic improvements in functioning and coping ability, even in patients who are very disabled before surgery,” states William Gerald Austen , a co-author.
This surgery was developed after doctors realized that cosmetic forehead-lift procedures reduced the headaches in patients who also suffered from migraines.
Dr. Austen led a trial which tested this migraine surgery. This involved 90 people and was conducted in between 2013 and 2015. Both before and after the surgery, the patients were asked to fill in a questionnaire.
Before the surgery, they reported very low PSEQ and coping scores. One year after it, the patients filled another questionnaire. The specialists observed that they had 112% higher PSEQ scores. This means that they experienced fewer headaches and the severity of their pain was lower.
The author of the study mentioned that these results show the efficiency of the migraine surgery. Despite this, researchers mentioned the need for more studies on this topic before they can know for sure that the migraine surgery is both safe and effective.
One thing that must be understood is that every patient is different and reacts differently to pain. One of the study’s limitations is that all patients self-reported their levels of pain and their coping mechanism.
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