Doctors from All India Institutes of Medical Sciences have claimed that surgery can relieve migraine patients’ symptoms and can help get rid of the condition.
The doctors reportedly conducted a research of at least 30 patients who underwent surgery to treat the neurovascular disease which affects nealy 20% of the population worldside. Migraine is characterised by acute pain on one side of the head.
Doctors, traditionally, prescribe analgesics and steroids to alleviate the symptoms of migraine patients and provide pain relief, however these medications come their their side-effects.
The researchers, through their study, claimed that with surgery at least 14 out of the 30 patients reported complete elimination of migraine after a year and an equal number reported significant relief of symptoms one year after the procedure.
Reports state that only two patients out of the 30 examined did not see feel any significant improvement in their condition.
Commenting on the findings, Dr Anson Jose, maxillofacial surgeon at Srinagar’s military hospital, who led the study said that migraine surgery primarily involved removal of some muscles from the forehead or temples which are believed to be the triggers of the attackes. The muscles reportedly compress the surrounding nerve branches and cause severe headaches, according to Times of India reports.
Although surgical treatment to cure migraines are done in other countries on trial basis, but in India doctors have attempted to use the procedure a few times.
While patients are given botox injections at the trigger site, there is at least a 50% reduction in frequency and intensity of pain, surgical removal of these muscles provides long-term relief,” said Dr Ajoy Roychoudhary, professor and head, division of oral maxillofacial surgery at Centre for Dental Education and Research at AIIMS.
The findings of the results were published in the Journal of Craniofacial Surgery.