Patient Name: Lisa Z.
Diagnosis: Chronic Migraines
Type of Procedure: Omega Procedure
How was your experience with your patient coordinator?
Wonderful! Very helpful, caring and understanding of my situation and fears of what has been happening to myself for the past five years.
How was your experience with your doctor?
My doctor was amazing. He took the time to actually listen to what my husband and I had to say, all of our experiences for the past five years and did not hesitate to see me or even begin treatment immediately! Always was willing to discuss any questions or concerns that we had and talk in great detail of the process.
What was your life like before surgery?
A living hell. I had no form of life, I was so severely depressed I had contemplated ending my life. The pain was so unbearable I wanted to hit myself in the head with a hammer. I not only had such pain, I was having black outs, throwing up and numerous other issues. I could not function on a daily basis. My headaches and the pain was daily for well over five years. I lost time with my husband, children, family and friends. I could not leave the house–I felt as if I was a prisoner of my own home. The most awful part was that not one of the doctors at the U of M that I was seeing or even my own doctor and the emergency rooms had even advised us of this procedure–even when we asked if anything in this nature was available. The last straw was my final episode when I had such a bad migraine, I blackout, fell down the stairs, hit my head (bleeding) and was “knocked out”—for how long we do not know but my twin boys found me lying on the stairs and the landing unconscious and bleeding —-scared them so much, they were traumatized. My husband ended up doing major research and found out about this surgery and also found out that one of the locations was just nearly an hours drive from our home.
What is your life like now, after surgery?
I have my life back and it is a miracle… I still have some headaches which is to be expected however since June of 2015 I have only had four major migraines and it is now one year later—I am happy, able to function outside of the home, my family and friends immediately noticed a change as we did immediately! I make sure that I am constantly charged. The only “issue” I have was/is the wires in my forehead and the “anchor” in my neck—-they seems to bother me at times and I was not really too informed of the side effects of these items that were placed–not knowing what to expect I did not really know of their effects and I thought the doctor or his assistant/nurse could have warned me.
[I can do] Everything, I am able to now no longer wear sunglasses 24/7, I can now sleep thru the night, I can leave my home, work, spend time and attend events with family and friends
What would you say to someone who is contemplating the Omega Procedure?
Do not hesitate to have this done—I will not be able to get 5 years of my life back and I almost ended my life due to the suffering. To know this was an option and it was successfully–at least for me was shocking to say the least because I could have done something that I would have regretted and not able to fix–my husband would have lost his wife and my children would have lost a mother–It was bad enough they “lost me so to speak” for over five years.