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04/10/2012 02:46 PM

Article on Plastic Surgery for Head Pain

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Just wondered if anyone has heard of this procedure. This is a 57 year old female who woke up 5 years ago with head pain (sounds she didn't have a history of it). This doctor (Dr. Austen) is performing this kind of forward lift/decompression surgery. I'm attaching two articles (one includes a video). This was fed through the migraine research foundation on facebook. 31298932_1_migraine-pain-cosmetic-surgery-migraine- sufferers doctors-medicine-bag/story?id=16105176#.T4Sptat8B2B


04/10/2012 07:14 PM
tortoisegirlPosts: 3248
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Yup I have. A couple folks on Rhonda's Migraine Page ( have had it. The ABC news link sounds more like what I've previously read about than the Boston link. I believe some of the doctors doing this test for a positive response to Botox, but some don't. I wish there was a good comparison of what is physically different between this and nerve decompression because I'm unclear on the specifics...I just know I'm not comfortable with surgery to decompress the nerves. Best wishes.

04/10/2012 07:38 PM
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It sounds really similar to the other decompression surgeries I have heard of, just varies whether they are targetting it to people with occipital neuralgia or migraine patients. I think the difference between whether it is "plastic surgery" or "neurosurgery" may have more to do with the training the doctor had than a difference in what they are actually doing, and whether they put the incisions in the "plastic surgery" places.

Really hard to tell from just reading articles about different doctors in different parts of the country.

Post edited by: MaryR, at: 04/10/2012 07:38 PM


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