Neurologists question the new study that claims surgery can be an option to treat migraines.
Neurologists question the new study that claims surgery can be an option to treat migraines.(Photo: iStock)
  • 1. What Does the Study Say?
  • 2. What Neurologists Have to Say About the Study
  • 3. Who Should Go For Migraine Surgery?
  • 4. Does Surgery Work?
  • 5. What Are the Other Treatment Options?
  • 6. What Do Patients Say?
Cure Migraine With Surgery? Not That Simple, Say Docs

For those living with migraine, the intense, pounding pain can be crippling. They’ll do anything to get rid of it. From taking pills to seeking alternative cure, to hammering their head against the wall, a person with migraine will try it all.

A report in a leading newspaper has then portrayed surgery as a new and effective way to “treat migraine.” The report quotes a study done by maxillofacial (face, mouth and jaws) surgeons from AIIMS Delhi and Srinagar Military Hospital.

But neurologists FIT spoke with say surgery is an absolute last resort for extremely severe cases. They also question how the study was conducted.

Dr Anshu Rohatgi, Senior Consultant, Neurology, at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, says the report paints a very simplistic picture, while migraine is very complex.

  • 1. What Does the Study Say?

    According to The Times of India report, the study concludes that “it makes sense to go under the knife to get rid of migraine.”

    Dr Anson Jose, from Srinagar’s Military Hospital, led the study.

    The report read:

    With surgery, 14 out of 30 patients reported complete elimination of migraine after a year and an equal number reported significant relief of symptoms one year after the procedure. Only two patients failed to notice any significant improvement.
    Neurologists question the new study that claims surgery can be an option to treat migraines.
    (Photo: iStock)

    The surgery involved the removal of muscles that are believed to trigger migraine attacks by compressing the neighbouring nerves.

    Dr Ajoy Roychoudhary from AIIMS was quoted as saying that this surgical removal provides long-term relief compared to the medicines which have “known side-effects.” He did caution that surgery may not be a solution for all.

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