Plastic Surgery

Headache & Migraine Surgery

What is Headache and Migraine Surgery?

Headache surgery is meant for patients with headaches due to nerve compression. The most appropriate surgical approach is determined from the sites where your headaches are triggered. Not all headache patients are surgical candidates. The ideal candidate has exhausted traditional headache treatments with limited or no success.

Types of Headache and Migraine Surgery

At NewYork-Presbyterian, surgeons may surgically deactivate migraine headache trigger spots. Surgeons will free nerves from around the target tissue and can potentially free patients from reoccurring migraines. The following trigger points may be addressed by headache and migraine surgery

  • Forehead migraines: treated with surgical deactivation by targeting muscles and nerves in the upper eyelid
  • Nasal migraines: surgical deactivation by targeting the septum of sinuses
  • Nummular headaches: this type of headache can originate anywhere on the head. Surgical deactivation targets the small nerves around the head.
  • Occipital migraines: These headaches originate in the back of the neck. Surgical deactivation targets the occipital nerves.
  • Temporal migraines: these migraines originate near the temples. Deactivation surgery may include targeting the upper eyelid or the hairline.

Get Care

If you are interested in learning more about headache surgery, we encourage you to make an appointment at NewYork-Presbyterian. We know that you want the highest level of care and safety for your surgery. Our expanded Digital Health Services and commitment to cleanliness help ensure that you can continue your care to achieve optimum health.

Whether you visit us virtually through a video visit or you see us in person, you can be assured that we will deliver the highest standards of care with compassion. Our team has taken every step to keep our facilities safe for you to continue your care. Learn more about our safety measures and the changes we’ve made to enhance your patient experience.

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NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell

Division Of Plastic And Reconstructive Surgery