Breakthrough surgery could offer migraine relief

Cleveland plastic surgeon may have procedure to relieve migraine pain (Source: WOIO)
Cleveland plastic surgeon may have procedure to relieve migraine pain (Source: WOIO)
Published: Sep. 14, 2015 at 9:39 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 14, 2015 at 10:45 PM EDT
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A Cleveland doctor has developed a surgical procedure that could help with migraine headaches.

Dr. Bahman Guyuron says after 3,000 surgeries, his procedure has been effective 90 percent of the time.

Dr. Guyuron, a plastic surgeon, says the discovery of the procedure was merely a coincidence.

He says many of his "forehead lift" patients reported that their migraines were gone along with their wrinkles.

Dr. Guyuron was determined to find out why and found that there are trigger spots, or special nerves around the head that just need to be "decompressed."

The problem is, those trigger spots can rub against other tissue or structures, which Dr. Guyuron says causes serious pain.

So, after determining which trigger spots are causing the problem, Dr. Guyuron cuts small incisions and goes in to cut the nerve area free.

"I was definitely nervous about it, I was definitely scared," says 29-year-old Cathy Periandri, a Cleveland-area native.

She says she was getting up to 15 migraines a month and did everything she could to find relief, but nothing was working.

Periandri says her motor and cognitive skills were affected, she would vomit, even pass out from the pain.

But, then she heard about Dr. Guyuron's surgery and can now say she is migraine-free.

But, it took four surgeries because all of her trigger spots were apparently causing pain.

Periandri says she got more relief after every surgery.

"It has been an enormously rewarding discovery for me because day after day patients tell me their lives have changed," says Dr. Guyuron.

He does not believe there are any "cons" to the procedure. Most people recover and get back to their normal lives in just days.

The surgery is not covered by some insurance companies.?

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