20 Questions To Ask Your Doctor Before Migraine Surgery

April 11, 2013

Before you even decide to undergo migraine surgery, you will want to obtain as much information as you need to make an informed choice.

Some preliminary background research on your doctor will go a long way in reassuring you that a properly qualified specialist is treating you:

  • What training has my physician had in performing migraine procedures?
  • Is my physician board certified?
  • How long has my physician been performing migraine procedures and surgery?
  • What proportion of my physician’s practice involves migraine procedures and surgery?
  • Will my insurance cover the cost of the migraine surgery? How much will the procedure cost if I am responsible for any portion of the amount? How does payment work?

Once you have been qualified to undergo surgery, you will want to discuss the following questions with your surgeon:

  • How many migraine procedures have you performed in the past 6 months?
  • What is your view about a second medical opinion?
  • What is the reason I need migraine surgery?
  • Which procedure do you recommend and what are the reasons?
  • What are the medical risks and complications involved with the surgery?
  • Which type of anesthesia will be used?
  • Where will the surgery be performed?
  • What are my treatment alternatives should I elect to not undergo this procedure?
  • How have your patients similar to me, experienced the procedure?
  • Is it possible for me to speak with one of these patients?

Now that you and your physician have decided that migraine surgery is right treatment option for your chronic migraine condition, you will want to be prepared for your upcoming procedure.  One of the most important things you can do to help yourself through the process and recovery phase is to have a positive outlook.  Knowing what to expect and being emotionally prepared will go a long way toward achieving this.  Get the facts about the surgery process so you will know exactly what to expect:

  • How should I prepare for my procedure?
  • Will I be an outpatient for my surgery or will I be hospitalized?
  • How much pain can I anticipate following the surgery and will I need pain medication?
  • How long will the recovery process take, and what kind of timeline can I expect for resuming daily activities?
  • What kind of follow-up care and physician visits will I require?

Getting the answers to your questions and being prepared will give you the peace of mind to go forward with your treatment and focus all of your energies on recovering and getting back to your daily activities.

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