How was your experience with your patient coordinator?
My patient coordinator was Mary. She was awesome to work with. Not only was she very professional, but she was also my biggest advocate with the insurance company. She was patient with me and my many rants, questions, and concerns. She was always quick to respond and always with a cheery tone (if you can read tone through e-mails!) I could not have done this process without her!
How was your experience with your doctor?
My doctor, Dr. Marwan Shuayto, out of the Detroit location was amazing. He was incredibly thorough through the preliminary phase making sure all my questions were answered and my doubts and concerns were dispelled. I loved the fact that he had a sense of humor through the trial and then through the permanent implant procedure. He certainly lessened any anxiety I felt toward the process. I was impressed when I received a follow-up phone call just to check on my status after the surgery! Highly recommend Dr. Shuayto.
What was your life like before surgery?
Prior to the surgery, I suffered with a migraine headache, on some level, every single day for the past eight (8) years. It was to the point that I was unable to concentrate and be productive. It was affecting my work and my relationships. My temperament was changing, becoming increasingly agitated and moody. I had suffered two (2) brain tumors (1999 and 2008) – both benign and removed, however they left scar tissue behind. This scar tissue was a contributing factor to my migraines. I doctored with the best neurologists in Western Pennsylvania and took every imaginable drug/beta blocker to eliminate the pain. I tried chiropractic manipulations and acupuncture. The last resort was Botox, which had some positive results, but the results were not lasting. Add to that, getting 31 shots in your head every quarter for 3 years, and I was quickly traveling down an endless road of misery.
What is your life like now, after surgery?
Since my surgery 3 months ago, I have had only three (3) migraines that the Omega Procedure was unable to help with. Having the ability to dial up or down the frequency of the stimulation, turn it off when not needed, and just experience freedom from headaches has been a real Godsend. My family has noticed a change in my temperament. My employees actually want to be around me now and as a Pastor of a church, my congregation has noticed a significant change! The Omega Procedure has changed my life dramatically!
I am now able to enjoy being out in the sunlight for extended periods of time. Prior to the implant, a sunny day would send me immediately into Migraineville and I would need to hibernate in a dark room for any relief. As a grandfather, I long to be outside playing with my grandson and enjoying the beauty of God’s creation. I am also able to read (one of my passions) for extended periods.
What would you say to someone who is contemplating the Omega Procedure?
I would say … “What have you got to lose?” Living with a migraine headache is the worst debilitating thing a person can endure, especially if it is recurring. This procedure is not a guarantee to eliminate the migraines completely, however it is able to significantly reduce the frequency and intensity (at least in my case) of the headaches. Give the trial a try and see if it’s for you. If you are like me, you will be glad you did!