An interesting article was published just this month in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
An interesting article was published just this month in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), all board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, were surveyed about their attitudes and practice patterns with respect to migraine surgery. Only 18% of survey respondents stated that they had used surgical methods to treat migraine patients. Because the survey only captured a small percentage of the total membership of the ASPS, the calculations suggest that at this time, only about 1% of plastic surgeons had treated migraine patients surgically. In addition, 64% of those completing the survey said they were only “somewhat familiar” or “not familiar” with the use of Botox in patient selection for migraine surgery.
While this study also raises several other, different issues and potential conclusions, one obvious conclusion in my opinion relates to the old adage, “Buyer beware!” In other words, if only about 1% of Board-Certified plastic surgeons have performed migraine surgery, how do you know if your surgeon is one of them? Bottom line: always ask your surgeon about their experience with peripheral nerve surgery and migraine surgery in particular. Many surgeons who frequently perform peripheral nerve procedures are also members of the American Society for Peripheral Nerve, the leading society of peripheral nerve surgeons. To become a member, a surgeon has to have the recommendations of other peripheral nerve surgeons and to have published at least one article on some aspect of peripheral nerve surgery. While there are many reasons to choose one surgeon over another, it is always a good idea to discuss these components of a surgeon’s background as they are good starting point.