IF I'M A CANDIDATE FOR THIS TYPE OF SURGERY, HOW IS IT PERFORMED?
Surgical intervention (whether decompression or neruectomy/muscle implantation) for chronic headaches is performed as an outpatient procedure at an accredited surgery center or in the outpatient department of the California Pacific Medical Center. The procedures can last anywhere from 1 hour to 3 hours depending on the number and locations of the nerves being treated and what actually needs to be done with each individual nerve. This plan will be thoroughly discussed with you prior to your operation. There are relatively few restrictions following the procedure and discomfort is usually very well tolerated with oral pain medication. The specific post-surgical instructions vary from case to case depending on the number of nerves treated and the manner in which they are treated (e.g. decompression vs. neurectomy). These instructions will also be thoroughly discussed with you prior to your scheduled operation. The final results with surgical intervention (and this is true of many nerve operations) may not be known for up to one year post-operatively. For more specific information, please contact us for a formal consultation.