The Omega migraine procedure is an innovative surgical procedure that provides long-lasting relief for people who suffer from chronic, debilitating migraine pain. The procedure is based on neurostimulation, which has been used for more than 40 years to treat chronic pain.
Does the Omega migraine procedure work? Hear from doctors, patients and researchers
A recent medical paper shows that the Omega migraine procedure has an 80-90% success rate in certain types of chronic migraine patients. Our partner physicians strongly believe in practicing evidence-based interventional pain management based on clinical research. Review research studies about neurostimulation for chronic migraine treatment.
Migraine Center’s partner physicians and patients have shared their stories on television and in written testimonials. If you would like to speak directly to a patient who has had the Omega migraine procedure, please fill out a request to be connected to one.
Here is one explanation of the Omega procedure:
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All patients will first review the history of their headaches and medical treatments with a migraine specialist. Patients diagnosed with chronic migraines, who have made a good faith effort to try more conservative treatments and have not found relief, are given the option to schedule an initial evaluation with a board-certified interventional pain management specialist. The specialist will recommend a migraine treatment, which may or may not be the Omega procedure. If the Omega procedure seems like an appropriate treatment, the patient will schedule a trial to determine whether the procedure will work for him or her.
Omega trial procedure. All qualified patients must first undergo a trial procedure during which the neurostimulator is placed externally for four days, to confirm the procedure successfully eliminates the patient’s pain. The trial is typically held over a weekend and the patient is encouraged to do everything possible to try to trigger a migraine. Neurostimulation has been shown to work in 4 out of 5 of qualified chronic migraine patients. They tend to describe the feeling as if they had flipped a switch, and stopped the migraine pain.
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If the trial is successful, small wires are implanted under the skin so they are undetectable. Although they can’t be seen, these wires are connected to a small battery that is implanted under the skin in the lower back or upper buttock. The rechargeable battery (which is designed to last up to 10 years) delivers gentle electrical impulses — or neurostimulation — to the nerves that cause headache pain, preventing the signals from reaching the brain.
About the procedure
Benefits of the Omega Procedure. For qualified patients, the Omega procedure can transform their lives by eliminating chronic migraine pain. For example:
- Patients who respond to neurostimulation have experienced an 80% to 100% reduction in their migraine pain.
- Most patients are able to completely stop taking migraine medications or greatly reduce the amount they take.
- Most patients no longer need to visit doctors or the hospital for migraine pain.
- Most can return to their normal work, school and family routines.
- Comfort — patients are usually not aware of the implant or only feel a gentle, soothing vibration.
- No physical limitations — patients can continue to play a wide range of sports.
- Superficial location under the skin — the implant cannot damage the brain, spine, major nerves or organs.
- The battery implant and wires typically cannot be seen.
- All patients test the treatment before the actual procedure.
Omega Procedure Risks. Complications or risks associated with the Omega migraine procedure are usually minor. These include medical complications, such as infection, bleeding or fluid collection under the skin, and hardware-related complications, including movement of the electrical lead, breakage, or pulse generator failure. Learn more about risks associated with surgery.
The Science Behind the Omega Procedure. The Omega procedure is based on the medical research and techniques discussed in Combined Occipital and Supraorbital Neurostimulation for the Treatment of Chronic Migraine Headaches — a medical white paper published in the March 2010 edition of Cephalalgia, the journal of The International Headache Society. The procedure uses neurostimulation, which has been used to treat pain since 1971. Multiple clinical research studies have been conducted regarding the use of neurostimulation to treat chronic migraine pain.
Ready to learn more? One easy call will help you determine whether the Omega procedure is right for you. Contact one of our migraine specialists at (855) 300-6822. You can also register to view our educational webinar.