Migraine Surgery Procedure for Relief

Suffering from migraine symptoms or chronic migraine headaches?

It’s time for your permanent solution to migraine pain.

Why you should consider migraine surgery to regain your life:

  • Outpatient with minimal downtime
  • Treats the source of your pain — nerve trigger points
  • Frees you from relying on lackluster medications

Move Beyond Medication for Migraine Relief

Migraines are caused by inflamed or irritated nerve endings which is referred to as a trigger. Loud noises, strong smells, bright lights, and even seasonal allergies can trigger a migraine headache. It’s difficult to avoid triggers.

For many years, medication was the only treatment option for migraines. Today, migraine surgery can be performed to remove the trigger by decompressing the nerve permanently.

Dr. Guyuron pioneered this procedure and he has been highly successful, with more than 90 percent of patients reporting significant improvement or elimination of migraines with long-lasting effects.

The biggest benefit is eliminating or greatly reducing migraines permanently, which means less time dealing with a debilitating migraine and more time enjoying life.

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Migraine Surgery in Cleveland, Ohio

Northeast Ohio is very fortunate to have one of the most famous migraine surgeons in the world.

Dr. Guyuron is the pioneer of the migraine surgery.

If you are looking for migraine surgery in Cleveland, Ohio, having Dr. Guyuron in our own backyard is an extreme privilege. Give us a call today for more information: 440-461-7999.

How is Migraine Surgery Done?

Migraine surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure for most patients. Small incisions are made to remove muscle or fat tissue and possibly remove or adjust the nerve at the migraine trigger site.

Dr. Guyuron has simplified the surgery so that many patients who undergo this minor procedure can return to work the same day or the next day.

If you have migraines, and other treatments have failed, it might be time to discuss your options with Dr. Guyuron. He can explain the procedure in more detail of the other risks and benefits, including the aesthetic benefits associated with procedures. Contact the office today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Guyuron.

The office is in Beachwood, Ohio and he can consult via Skype for out-of-town patients.

Who is a Candidate for Migraine Surgery?

To see if you are a good candidate for migraine surgery, you can schedule a consultation either in-office or on video chat with Dr. Guyuron.

During this consultation, Dr. Guyuron will review your medical history and current symptoms to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure.

In general, patients who are candidates for migraine surgery tend to suffer from chronic migraines (15 or more headaches per month) that have not responded to other treatment options. Additionally, patients should be over the age of 18 and should not have any underlying medical conditions that could complicate the surgery.

If you are suffering from chronic migraines and have not found relief with other treatments, you may be a candidate for migraine surgery.

Be sure to contact us today to schedule your migraine surgery assessment.

How Long does Migraine Surgery Last?

The surgery is typically performed as an outpatient procedure, meaning you can go home the same day. It usually takes about 1-5 hours to complete.

Recovery from migraine surgery is generally pretty quick.

Most people report significant improvements in their migraines within a few days or weeks after the surgery. Sometimes even sooner.

Some people may need to take a few days off from work or school to recover, but most are able to return to their normal activities fairly soon after the procedure.

Nerve Decompression Surgery

Nerve decompression surgery is a type of surgery that is used to treat nerve pain that causes headaches.

The goal of this surgery is to relieve pressure on the nerves by decompressing them.

Nerve decompression surgery is a minimally invasive procedure, meaning that it involves making small incisions in the skin. During the surgery, the surgeon will access the affected nerves through these incisions.

Nerve decompression surgery is generally safe and complications are rare. However, as with any type of surgery, there are risks associated with the procedure.

If you are experiencing severe nerve pain, nerve decompression surgery may be an option for you. This type of surgery can provide relief from pain and help you return to your normal activities.

Migraine Trigger Points

What are the Migraine Trigger Points?

The migraine trigger points are specific locations on the head and neck that, when pressure is applied or released, can result in a migraine headache.

These trigger points are often found in the muscles of the head and neck, as well as in the joints of the skull.

Usually, patients refer to the migraine trigger point as the place where their migraine starts from.

Forehead headaches and other types of common headaches

Forehead headaches can be caused by a number of different things. If you suffer from forehead headaches, it is important to see a doctor to find out the cause and get the appropriate treatment.

Tension headaches: Tension headaches are the most common type of headache. They are usually caused by stress or muscle tension. Symptoms include a dull, constant pain that is not severe.

Cluster headaches: Cluster headaches are a type of headache that comes in cycles. They are usually characterized by severe pain on one side of the head, often around the eye. Cluster headaches can be very disabling and may last for weeks or even months.

Migraines: Migraines are a type of headache that can be very severe. They are usually characterized by throbbing pain, nausea, and sensitivity to light. Migraines can last for hours or even days.

Sinus headaches: Sinus headaches are caused by inflammation of the sinuses. They are often accompanied by facial pain, congestion, and runny nose.

Temporal headaches: are headaches that start in the temples then spread up or down around the ear. This is a type of problem that can sometimes be solved with decompression surgery.

Rhinogenic headaches: are headaches that patients usually describe orginating behind the eye and can be a dull or pulsing constant ache. It’s usually from enlarged turbinates that are in contact with the nasal septum.

There are two types of surgeries that are typically performed for rhinogenic headaches

  • Turbinectomy: Turbinectomy refers to a surgical procedure that removes part of bone and soft tissue in the nasal passages
  • Septoplasty: The type of surgical procedure that corrects a patients deviated septum

Occipital headaches Occipital headaches are a type of headache that starts in the back of the head. They are often accompanied by neck pain. Occipital headaches can be caused by muscle tension, stress, or inflammation.

Is Migraine Surgery Effective?

Our very own Dr. Guyuron has pioneered this procedure and he has been highly successful with it. With more than 90 percent of patients reporting significant improvement or elimination of migraines with long-lasting effects, we believe that migraine surgery is effective when done correct.


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Dr. Guyuron discovered migraine surgery by accident in 1999 after his plastic surgery patients told him that they had not suffered a migraine since their forehead lift. Dr. Guyuron began to study the procedure and its effects on those with migraines; he found that out of 314 of his forehead lift patients, 31 of 39 that previously reported migraine headaches experienced “significant improvement or elimination of” migraine headaches.

Dr. Guyuron theorized that the majority of migraines occur when the peripheral branches of the trigeminal nerve become irritated and release neurotoxins. Based on his understanding, Dr. Guyuron adapted forehead lift into nerve decompression surgery. He identified multiple trigger points around the face — mostly on the forehead, temple, back of the head and behind the eyes — and developed specific surgical techniques for each trigger site.


Dr. Guyuron has published more than 26 peer-reviewed articles, offering evidence-based proof as to the efficacy of this operation. In most of these articles, somewhere between 80 percent to 92 percent of the patients reported a minimum 50 percent reduction in migraine headaches and roughly 1/3 of the patients experienced complete elimination of the headaches. He uses objective evidence such as ultrasound Doppler and CT scan to identify the trigger sites.

In 2018, he authored a new textbook, “Migraine Surgery” published by Theime, an international medical and science publisher. It is the definitive guide on migraine surgery from the world’s leading authority. With contributions from top neurologists and plastic surgeons, this state-of-the-art book is the only one on the market dedicated to the surgical treatment of migraines.

As part of his commitment to this specialty, Dr. Guyuron developed a migraine surgery-specific website. To learn more visit https://migrainesurgery.org/.

I’ve had [migraines] for 20 years — half of my life. I’ve wasted my whole young adult life with migraines. It is like being reborn. It has been 15 months since my surgery and have had no migraines — zero.

Jack Erickson, News Channel 5

The pain would sometimes make me cry… basically I would tell you I’ve had zero migraines [since the surgery]. You realize there is a freedom that I have never had in my life, and you go, ‘This is life altering!’

Kathy Cramer, CNN Anderson Cooper 360

I had the migraine syndrome for 20 years and it did own my life. It was depressing, it was debilitating, it was somewhat of a nightmare really… [Theresa had the procedure five years ago.] I feel absolutely that it was a gift and it gave me my life back.

Teresa Schenk, Good Morning America

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