Omega Migraine Surgery Explained on Good Business in Lubbock

February 25, 2012

“I went to the emergency room so many times that they told me not to come back because they wouldn’t give me anymore pain medicine,” revealed Lubbock migraine sufferer Ressa Hamilton.

“There were nights I would just lay in bed and cry.” Hamilton was plagued with migraines for 14 years, but when one persisted for a year, she decided to try a promising alternative to conventional migraine surgery — the Omega migraine procedure. “I had this procedure about a month ago, and now I can play with my kids,” Hamilton says. “I’m back with my family, and the whole world has just opened up to me.”

Hamilton recently told her story on Good Business, a popular Lubbock cable program. Appearing with her was Ralph Menard, M.D., a Lubbock migraine specialist and board-certified partner physician with Migraine Treatment Centers of America who treated Hamilton. He isn’t surprised by Hamilton’s positive outcome. “This is truly one of the most exciting things that I do,” Dr. Menard says. “Typically these patients have had headaches for so long and with such intensity that when we do the Omega procedure and they turn it on in the recovery room, the patient or one of the family members starts crying because suddenly the headache is gone — it’s gone.”

Unlike conventional migraine surgery that cuts nerves or muscles in an attempt to stop migraine pain, the Omega procedure uses gentle neurostimulation to block migraine pain. Thin electrodes are implanted just beneath the surface of the skin in the patient’s forehead and connected to a small battery implanted beneath the skin in the upper buttocks. Although the electrodes and battery can’t be seen, they deliver neurostimulation to the occipital and supraorbital nerves that can cause headache pain.

“The success rate, at least in my experience, is about 90 percent and closer to 100 percent,” Dr. Menard says. “Typically we do a trial first — let them try it for several days and then we go back and do the permanent procedure if it works. The perfect candidate is someone who has tried other types of treatments and they’ve failed.”

You can hear more from Dr. Menard, Ressa Hamilton and other Lubbock migraine patients who are able to control their migraine pain following the alternative to migraine surgery and prescription pain medications on Good Business.

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