First migraine procedure in San Antonio!

November 28, 2012

San Antonio’s chronic migraine sufferers are getting especially good news today. The CBS-affiliate KENS channel 5 news team is covering the story of the first Omega migraine procedure to be performed in the San Antonio area.

The Omega procedure gives chronic migraine sufferers a way to treat migraine pain without medications or injections. In the procedure, a small implant resembling a pacemaker is implanted to confuse nerves, preventing them from sending migraine pain signals to the brain. The implant is designed to be recharged wirelessly and to last up to ten years. The reversible procedure, performed by specialists for the last decade, has been shown in multiple medical papers to have an 80 – 90% success rate in qualified patients.

Dr. Alec Tisdall is performing the Omega procedure for the first time in San Antonio today, but he is no stranger to chronic pain management. Recognized for excellence by Patient’s Choice awards and Compassionate Physician awards for the last three years, Dr. Tisdall has extensive training in and experience in procedures designed to treat migraine and spine pain. He is board-certified with a Fellowship in Pain Management, Subspecialty Certification in Pain Medicine, is a Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology, and trained at the prestigious Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Dr. Tisdall will be performing the procedure at Victory Medical Center San Antonio, a leading minimally invasive surgical facility that is dedicated to providing exceptional, personalized patient care. The facility is equipped with state-of-the-art operating rooms and high definition technology.

Bringing the Omega migraine procedure to San Antonio is one way that Dr. Tisdall is expanding chronic migraine treatment options in the area. A small portion of migraine sufferers have chronic migraine, which is defined as a migraine that occurs more than 15 days per month, more than 4 hours at a time. Chronic migraine sufferers tend to have difficulty performing daily tasks due to the migraine pain, and may become depressed. When drugs like Imitrex or Relpax are not able to control the migraine pain or have too many side effects, chronic migraine patients can now turn to another solution.

Amy, an assistant manager, had migraines for 12 years before considering the Omega migraine procedure. She recently recounted, “Before surgery, I was hoping for any improvement at all. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I could feel this good again! No more countless pain medications, no more missing out on family time, no more watching as life passed by!”

Migraine procedures have made news in the last few years, including Botox® injections and a variation of the brow lift that permanently removes migraine-related nerves. As a treatment that is both reversible and designed to last years, the Omega procedure provides migraine sufferers an easy choice among migraine procedures offered today. The procedure is also covered by most major insurance plans for qualified patients.

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