San Francisco, CA (PressExposure) April 15, 2011 -- It is estimated that there are over 28 million migraine sufferers in the United States. In fact, one in four households has at least one migraine sufferer. Traditional migraine headache treatments consist of some combination of preventive measures (such as avoiding things that you know will trigger a migraine), medications that will stop a migraine once it has started, and therapies/medicines designed to prevent migraines from occurring in the first place.
These remedies are based on the long-held theory that nerves within the brain become irritated and subsequently cause hypersensitivity, irritation, and inflammation in the peripheral nerves (i.e. those in the periphery of the body or not in the brain or spinal cord). Irritation of the peripheral nerves in the forehead, temple, or back of the scalp/head can cause the perception of pain or a migraine. These remedies relieve migraine headaches but what about migraine headache cures?
A newer theory about migraines suggests that it is irritation of the peripheral nerves first that subsequently causes sensitization of the nerves within the brain and leads to migraines. In studying this concept, a group of neurologists and peripheral nerve/plastic surgeons first developed surgical procedures which can help prevent or minimize the irritation of these peripheral nerves and provide migraine headache relief. These procedures have since been refined and a number of studies have since been published which demonstrate that migraines caused by nerve irritation or compression can be very effectively treated in this manner. In addition, these operations can be performed on an outpatient basis.
Ziv M. Peled, MD is a Board-Certified plastic surgeon trained to perform the full spectrum of aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgical procedures. Dr. Peled has successfully performed peripheral nerve procedures which have resulted in tremendous benefits to his patients with migraine headaches. His specific training enables him to perform a unique set of surgical procedures designed specifically to restore sensation and minimize/eliminate pain in patients suffering from migraines as well as neuropathy due to diabetes, chemotherapy and thyroid disorders.
For more information on these potentially life-changing procedures, please call our office to schedule a consultation or visit http://www.peledplasticsurgery.com.