Testimonials

Alexas A.

Name: Alexas “LuLu” A.
Age: 17
Location: Texas
Diagnosis: Permanent Migraine due to Traumatic Brain Injury
Procedure Date(s): April 16, 2013
Type of Procedure(s): Omega
Pre-surgery Life Style / Condition: Constant pain. Six pills a day. Struggling to keep up in school, never going anywhere with friends. Crying due to pain and frustration. My grades fell. I couldn’t concentrate and because of meds I had very little short-term memory. Pain stayed at a level 7–8 all day, every day.
Post-surgery Outcome: My medication has dropped to two pills a day, therefore my memory has gotten much better. I’m hanging out with my friends more, cheerleading again, and dance classes. Now I can control my pain with a remote.

Information I wish had been on your blog was the extent of the surgery and stitches. Dr. Farley did explain this before I went to the OR, but I’d like to tell my version. The first three days I didn’t think it was worth it, and I wanted the implant out. But then I started feeling better and she was right. By the second week I asked Dr. Farley to lift my restrictions and started dancing again. Week three I was cheering with my varsity squad again, and by week four I was stunting and flying again.

And now I’m enjoying my summer—swimming, movies, Six Flags, and sleepovers with my best friends. And my headache is so much better. I’m glad I had this done and I thank Dr. Farley for helping me.

Amy D.

Age: 39
Occupation: Assistant Manager
Diagnosis: Migraines
Procedure Type: The Omega Procedure
Procedure Date: March, 2012

Pre Surgery Condition: I had suffered from increasingly frequent and severe migraines for 12 years.  It was not uncommon for me to have four migraines per week.  I considered it a ‘good’ day if I was able to work the whole day, make it home, take pain medication and lay on an ice pack all night.  Many days I couldn’t even get out of bed.

Post Surgery Condition: 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!  The pain relief was immediate!  In the beginning, I adjusted the unit frequently until I found the settings that were best for me.  Now, I seldom need to make adjustments.  If I feel the symptoms of an approaching migraine, I make adjustments to the unit in the locations of the pain.  In a short period of time, the pain improves.  Since my surgery, I have experiences a total of 3-4 migraines.  They were less intense and shorter in duration than any of the migraines I experienced before surgery.   I can’t say enough how thankful I am to have learned of the procedure!  [My doctor] and his staff are superb!  I would recommend the procedure and [my doctor], without reservation, to anyone suffering similar symptoms to mine.

Amy T.

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Name: Amy T.
Diagnosis: Chronic Migraines
Type of Procedure: Omega Procedure

How was your experience with your patient coordinator?
The experience was really simple except the insurance part which is never easy but she took care of all the leg work with them!

How was your experience with your doctor?
I love Dr. Chapman in Houston, TX. He was wonderful and has a way of calming your fears before surgery! The facility where my surgery was, the First Street Surgical Center in Bellaire, TX, was wonderful, comforting and compassionate.

Amy’s Letter to Migraine Treatment Centers of America:
My name is Amy Thornton. I was one of the patients who received the Omega Procedure. Let me give you a little background information. About 14 years ago I started having terrible jaw pain. I was diagnosed with TMJ that caused extreme nerve pain and headaches not to mention a dislocated jaw torn cartilage and torn muscles, etc. Over the years things just go worse and worse for me. I went through so many doctors and so many drugs to help stop the pain. I have a vast collection of mouth pieces, guards and retainers to say the least. I’ve been to New Jersey to a specialist. My husband and I have spend about $50,000. Its taken a toll on my whole family emotionally and financially. I can go on and on with the toll its taken on me personally..I depression, pain, suicidal thoughts, no sleep, sickness, vomiting, etc. As I said, I can go on for days.

I found your website and made an appointment I did the trial in May and had the permanent neurostimulator put in on June 23. Since my problem was not just headaches, it was both headaches and TMJ nerve pain, my doctor had to explain that for TMJ this process was new. I would be the 13th patient to have the stimulator leads on the nerve in my jaw. It hasn’t worked too well on some patients because the jaw moves and could shift the leads. Well so far so wonderful!!! I cant believe how much it has helped and how wonderful the quality of my life has been! I feel like I am 25 again and starting life over. I had to quit the best job of my life because of the sick days and medicine I had to take just to be able to live. I missed out on so much of both my daughters lives because I was always sick with migraines and pain. Also I missed a lot of my grand baby’s life and thank goodness I don’t have to miss things anymore!

NOT anymore!!! I was able this summer to do everything I ever wanted to do with my family. Before I had the procedure we went as a family to my daughters college for orientation. I didn’t get to go because I had a migraine and was throwing up. So all day I cried cause I had to miss her excitement of seeing her college for the first time. I was devastated. Then shortly after that trip, I had the surgery and the day she got to move in to her college I was there! I was up early moving furniture all day, setting up her room, taking pictures, and going out to eat! We even shopped in between schedules! My daughter was so amazed to see me there and not hurting. She got to see me smile and laugh the whole time of course until I had to leave!

I recommend the surgery to everyone I think it could help…My aunt is actually going today to have it put in her spine for her back pain.

Andrew F.

Andrew F.
Patient Name: Andrew F.
Age: 23
Diagnosis: Chronic Migraines
Type of Procedure: Omega Procedure

How was your experience with your patient coordinator?
My patient coordinator Mary was absolutely amazing! At times I had to call day after day because I was having problems with my insurance or I caught her after she left office or whatever the case may have been, I always felt like I was that patient that nagged or always called but she always was calm and collected and answered everything with ease and reassured me that I was no problem at all. If there are more people at Migraine Treatment Centers like Mary, then I know that anyone that goes there for support from a coordinator and get treatment, I know they are in good hands!

How was your experience with your doctor?
I have seen many doctors because of my condition and none of them have had the humor, the ease, and the genuine level of comfort I was able to have with Dr. Shuayto. Even my family enjoyed him despite the long venture from Battle Creek to Port Huron. Most of his office staff were equally professional. They were by far the best doctors I have had yet through my medical journey.

Pre-Surgery Condition/Lifestyle:
My life, what life? I was a 21 year old who couldn’t do anything a 21 year could do; the pain was devastating. Words truly cannot express the egregious struggle I’ve gone through. Not just pain, financial struggles, emotional stress, social problems. Every single aspect of my life was affected and there was nothing I could do. It’s extremely demoralizing when you exhaust everything in your arsenal to get the help you need and you never leave square one but you’ve gone through a lot of hoops.

Post-Surgery Condition/Outcome:
I can happily say, I have not suffered a migraine since March of this year! I never thought I would ever be free of those, it’s eerie, but in a good way. To be conditioned to something for so long and then for them to be gone, words can’t express how happy I am. I still have headaches and of course the Omega Procedure does nothing for back pains but the migraines were the most destructive thing I endured and now that’s out of the way. I can focus of knocking out the other problems and finally start doing the things a 24 year old does!
[I’m able to] hold a full time job for more than a month! I mean my life has 100% changed and changed for the better!

Cynthia B.

Age: 41
Occupation: Licensure and Regulatory Affairs Manager
Diagnosis: Migraines
Procedure Type: The Omega Procedure
Procedure Date: May 18, 2012

Pre Surgery Condition:  Before my surgery I had migraine headaches for several months at a time on an ongoing basis for eight years.  It was very difficult to work and was on several medications to prevent migraines and abortive therapies.  I tried nerve blocks, Botox injections, acupuncture, and various other treatments – all with very limited to no success.

Post Surgery Condition: It has been amazing.  I have not had one migraine that wasn’t relieved by adjusting the stimulation.  In fact, I’ve had only a handful of migraines that required adjustment to the stimulation.  My professional and personal life has improved dramatically.  I have not had to miss one day of work because of migraines. I’ve also been able to get off of all preventative medications.

Danielle R.

Patient Name: Danielle R.
Age: 28
Occupation: New Accounts Representative
Diagnosis: Chronic Migraines
Type of Procedure: Omega Procedure

Pre-Surgery Condition/Lifestyle:
I was pretty miserable before I had the surgery. I had 2-3 migraines a week and a headache every day. I was in constant pain. I was always canceling my plans with family and friends because of my migraines being so debilitating. I spent many days and nights laying on the couch or in the bed. A cold, dark and quiet room was the best place for me when I would get a migraine. I tried just about everything in order to get rid of my migraines and nothing seemed to work. I was loosing hope and getting depressed because the migraines were taking over my life.

Post-Surgery Condition/Outcome:
The Omega Procedure has been such a blessing to me, it has given my life back. I was very skeptical about the surgery because nothing else had ever worked for me in the past. I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome. I had suffered with migraines for over 20 years that I had forgotten what it felt like not to have a migraine. I can enjoy life again. I can go to amusement park and movie theaters without experiencing a migraine. I love being able to spend time with my son and husband now instead of lying in the bed. The Omega Procedure saved my life and I am grateful for that every single day.

Deb H.

Patient Name: Deb H.
Diagnosis: Chronic Migraines
Type of Procedure: Omega Procedure

How was your experience with your patient coordinator?
Fantastic! Hilary was not only caring and understanding but so good at making all the arrangements, making sure the procedure was approved by my insurance. She kept me in the loop at all times and was easy to get a hold of. She was excited for me when the Omega procedure worked and just overall helpful and friendly.

How was your experience with your doctor?
Another wonderful experience. Since I am out of state it was so helpful that he did a phone consult with me to see if this was even the right procedure for me. I loved his bedside manner, always made me feel comfortable, explained things so that I understand, and never seemed in a rush. Had a good sense of humor as well. I could tell he had been doing this for a while and felt very confident with him treating me.

Pre-Surgery Condition/Lifestyle:
Very limited. After having daily headaches for 29 years and them getting progressively worse, I was so limited on what I could do. Everything was always revolving around my headaches. I had to give up a lot of things that I enjoyed. My marriage suffered and I had to work from home. My social life was always “up in the air”. I had lost hope on several occasions as all of the previous methods and treatments had failed and had been denied twice by my insurance for a neurostimulator.

Post-Surgery Condition/Outcome:
I have a brand new life now. Although we are still “tweaking” the program a little, I have been able to do many things already that I was formerly unable to do like go to a concert, sleep in without having a headache making me get out of bed, see a movie, improvement in my marriage, go out with my girlfriends, and I have imagined many other things that I will now be able to do without the fear of my headaches interfering. I am super excited!

Hannah G.

Patient Name: Hannah G.
Age: 24
Occupation: Veterinary Technician
Diagnosis: Chronic Migraines
Type of Procedure: Omega Procedure

Pre-Surgery Condition/Lifestyle:
Before I had this procedure done, I wasn’t able to do much of anything. My friends were all in college and going to parties and concerts while I stayed at home knowing that I wouldn’t be able to handle those kinds of things with my migraines. I’d also missed out on family events and vacations because of my headaches. When I had a really bad one, my family knew to just put me in a dark room and leave me alone. There were a lot of times where my family had to leave me at home because I had such a horrible migraine. I’d seen multiple doctors and pain specialists to try to find anything that helped but nothing did. There was a point where I was taking Hydrocodone on an almost daily basis because the pain was so bad. I honestly thought that there was nothing I could do for the constant pain I was in and that I’d have to deal with it for the rest of my life.

Post-Surgery Condition/Outcome:
Since I had the Omega Procedure done over a year ago, my life has completely changed. I’ve enrolled back in college knowing that I won’t have to skip class or studying because of a headache. I’ve been able to go see my friend’s band play in smoky, loud bars and it doesn’t put me in bed the next day. I’m able to go out with my family without worrying that I’m going to miss out on spending time with them. I haven’t missed a day of work because of a headache since my recovery period. This procedure has changed my life in a way I didn’t think possible. I had suffered from crippling migraines for about 10 years and in the past year I’ve been relatively pain free. My migraines have gone from 3-4 a week with constant headache in between, to having no pain or huge gaps in time between pain. I don’t know what I would have done without getting the Omega Procedure.

Janice C.

Age: 69
Occupation: Retired
Diagnosis: Migraines
Procedure Type: The Omega Procedure
Procedure Date: March 9, 2012

Pre Surgery Condition: I have had migraines since early childhood. I saw many emergency rooms due to pain and vomiting. Sometimes during the 1980’s (?) many drugs came onto the market – I was even a migraine study at Baylor for several years. I finally settled on a migraine drug after trying all of them. I took 1 or 2 doses 5-6 days a week. Sometimes I would have to add a pain pill. My neurologist told me I could not continue taking the pain pills as it would cause liver failure.

Post Surgery Condition: Since my surgery on March 9, 2012, I have only had 2 headaches. One I treated with a drug and the second I increased the stimulation. I was up and driving the second day after surgery. The only incision that was rather painful was the one down the nape of my neck. I would consider this treatment 100% successful.

Kristen H.

Patient Name: Kristen H.
Age: 25
Occupation: Nurse
Diagnosis: Chronic Migraines
Type of Procedure: Omega Procedure

Pre-Surgery Condition/Lifestyle:
After suffering a stroke when I was 16, I was left with no physical signs of a stoke victim, I was left with migraines. A whole lot of migraines. I had been to numerous neurologists and when they looked at my history they would refer me somewhere else when their treatment didn’t work. I used every migraine medicine out there, chiropractor services, message therapy, nerve blocks…you name it, I tried it. I was suffering 2-3 migraines/week when I finally found MTCA.

Post-Surgery Condition/Outcome:
“WOW!” That’s the only word needed to explain my post-op condition. I went back to work 1 week after my surgery. I can be outside without sunglasses, I can plan vacations again, I can do whatever I want and not have to worry about migraines. You can still feel that you have one, but after turning the system on, you don’t feel pain. I’ve explained it to my friends as having someone massage your head from the inside. It is a weird feeling for sure, but so much better than a migraine! I’ll never be able to thank MTCA enough! You’ve made me a better mom, wife, and nurse with this procedure!!

Larry B.

Age: 56
Hometown: Sudan, TX
Occupation: Plant Operations Manager
Diagnosis: Severe Headaches and Neck Pain due to nerve involvement from Ankylosing Spondylitis
Procedure Type: The Omega Procedure
Procedure Date: January 13, 2012

Pre Surgery Condition:  I was in constant pain, lost interest in everything I enjoyed.  I sold our travel trailer, my Harley, stopped socializing, driving was unbearable.  I was getting by on 3 or 4 hours of sleep every night.  I was taking pain medicine every day and night just to get through the workday.  Serious depression had taken over my life.

Post Surgery Condition: I have my life back.  The outcome for me is 100% relief.  I have to admit coming into this procedure I had very little faith in getting the results, my less complete relief from my headaches.  When you are as depressed as I was and been through all the procedures and spent all the money I had with little or no favorable results, it’s pretty hard to take this step.  But thank God I did.  My wife and I have just purchased a new R.V. since driving is no longer an issue.  I have returned to a life of no prescription pain killers and antidepressants.  I still have a life long battle to fight with A.S.( Anklyosing Spondylitis) but I now have a life that’s worth fighting for.

Lisa R.

Ramsayer, LisaPatient Name: Lisa R.
Age: 51
Occupation: Entrepreneur
Diagnosis: Chronic Migraines
Type of Procedure: Omega Procedure

Pre-Surgery Condition/Lifestyle:
I spent most of my life in bed or a dark room. We NEVER MADE ANY SORT OF PLANS because I could not know definitively how I was going to feel 30 minutes in advance much less 24 hours beforehand. Basically I had no life. My husband for all intents and purposes was living with an invalid. The worst thing about it is that we never really had the opportunity to enjoy being married. Our early marriage we were college students so we were both extremely busy trying to get out of school. Northwest Arkansas is a fabulous place to live and we have never really settled in the house we bought 15 years ago! I had boxes that I had not had the energy to deal with in more than 20 years. We moved them 7 times and stored them until I had the strength to unpack and make decisions about the contents in each box. Each day was a minute to minute proposition. I might be okay when I got up and 2 hours later I was in bed with a rip roaring migraine. I spent so much time in bed or dealing with pain it had become the one major constant I could always count on in my life or at least I had accepted that fact and had decided that I wasn’t going to be down about it anymore. It was a card that I had been dealt that wasn’t fair but life isn’t always fair. I was able to cope with the pain for the most part. It was very difficult for my husband to deal with. We have been married for 26 years. We were unable to have children due in large part to my headaches. I have some other contributing factors, but I believe God didn’t give me more than I could handle. There have been times when the pain has been extreme. I have literally tried all the treatments out there.

Post-Surgery Condition/Outcome:
I have a life again. We can make plans and not worry about low pressure cells. I don’t have to ask what is in everything I eat anymore! I have started my own online business. I could not have done that before! I have a garden of container roses. I am expanding it to a few other things-I am currently at war with the deer and the squirrels. They keep eating my plants and wreaking havoc! I have been enjoying life without migraine pain. It is weird to be able to go to sleep on my own and to not need my topamax and inderal to prevent migraines. I would never skip my nightly meds like I do now. I was very rigid about having to take all my meds on time. Now not so much! It is liberating!! I do have to keep my battery charged and take care of my remote, but that is not a problem! This procedure is WORTH A TRY!! The only thing you have to lose IS PAIN!!!

 

Mary G.

Age: 40
Hometown: Houston, TX
Occupation: Insurance Agent
Diagnosis: Migraines
Procedure Type: The Omega Procedure
Procedure Date: December 28, 2011

Pre Surgery Condition: Was not able to work through the weeks and months leading up to December.  Had gone through a tremendous amount of stress with doctors for over 10 years telling me that “It was just in your head” and that there was not a cure or treatment.

Post Surgery Condition: Since the surgery, I have worked, enjoyed life, traveled to San Antonio and Dallas for a number of events.  Enjoying working with my friends and clients.  We are going into our third month since surgery and there is a life after this great surgery.  Live, love, laugh and enjoy!  What a blessing this has been to me, to my family and friends.  Here to support and answer anyone’s questions. – Mary G.

Pat B.

Age: 73
Hometown:
Lovington, NM
Occupation:
Housewife
Diagnosis:
Migraines
Procedure Date:
December 21, 2011
Type of Procedure:
The Omega Procedure

Pre-Surgery Life Style/ Condition:  I am 73 years old, I have had migraines for 55 years.  When I got my temporary stimulator, I couldn’t believe I didn’t have a migraine.  I am so happy with my stimulator.  After trying every treatment that was out there, I came to Dr. Menard and I now know I will be able to enjoy my family and my life.

Post Surgery Outcome:  It has been two weeks and I haven’t had a migraine.  I wish I had known about this treatment sooner and I will tell everyone I know that has migraines about this.  People don’t need to live in pain when there is treatment for you.

Ressa H.

Age: 33
Hometown:
Lubbock, TX
Occupation:
Mom
Diagnosis:
Migraines
Procedure Date:
December 9, 2011
Type of Procedure:
The Omega Procedure

Pre-Surgery Life Style/ Condition:  Before my husband found the article in the newspaper, my life consisted of darkness.  Disappointment for my family from canceled events.  Feeling very alone because no one could really tell me what was wrong.

Post Surgery Outcome:  Now my life is full of play dates with my kids, movies, concerts and just the day to day responsibilities, not being put off for another day.  I feel better than I have in years.

Robyn R.

Robyn R.
Patient Name: Robyn R.
Diagnosis: Chronic Migraines
Type of Procedure: Omega Procedure

How was your experience with your patient coordinator?
Hilary contacted me within 15 minutes of me completing the survey. She was the most positive and supportive person I’d ever met. She took my information and gave me details about the process and made me feel like I had my very own representative through the whole thing.

How was your experience with your doctor?
Dr. Rupert is patient and knowledgeable. He answered all my questions before I even thought to ask. He is gentle and I felt at ease at all times!

What was your life like before surgery?
I was on the verge of dropping out of my senior year of college. My husband did most of the housework and kept us all running. I went to bed every night in misery.

What is your life like now, after surgery?
I am thriving in a Master’s program at the University of Alabama. I can enjoy time with my family, work, be a student, and have a social life. I can focus solely on my life and complete what I want to do each day. I can exercise again and spend time outside with my family and my dogs.

What would you say to someone who is contemplating the Omega Procedure?
Please explore your options. Don’t let your fears of having surgery keep you stuck at home with medications that are not helping. I have gotten 95% relief from daily migraines that kept me from enjoying life.

Sasha K.

Age: 23
Hometown: Lubbock, TX
Occupation: Preschool Teacher
Diagnosis: Migraines
Procedure Type: The Omega Procedure
Procedure Date: June 10, 2011
Pre Surgery Condition: Non-existant.  I had to quit my job since I couldn’t function.  No social or family life.  No movie theaters.  My migraines started around age 13.
Post Surgery Condition:  I am able to go back to work and enjoy my life.  I go to movies, play with my niece and nephew.  I enjoy concerts without feeling like I’m hung over just from the pain.

Theresa C.

Theresa with her patient coordinator
Theresa with her patient coordinator

Age at time of surgery: 45
Gender: Female
Occupation: Care taker for my mom
Diagnosis: Chronic Migraine
Type of Procedure(s): Omega Implant
I first heard about Migraine Treatment Centers of America (MTCA) from: Internet
I chose MTCA because: I had exhausted all my medical treatment options that I knew of. I had seen a pain management doctor then saw a neurologist.

Prior to coming to MTCA my pain was: At times unbearable. About a year and a half ago I had severe migraines. I tried Imitrex and it didn’t faze it. The migraine never went away. I ended up being bed bound with it. I would lay in a fetal position and moan and rocked myself. I would can’t nap but never slept very long before the pain would wake me up. I was throwing up and having problems with diarrhea. That started the tests, ER trips, and doctor visits. I did about 10 ER trips, they took blood and would do tests. They always came back and said they didn’t know what was wrong and didn’t know what to do. Then I went to a Pain Management doctor who ordered an MRI. He said he saw spots on my brain and said it could be MS. He then sent me to a Neurologist who said it wasn’t MS but a Status Migraine. It is one of the most severe migraines. They are so rare that a Neurologist will only see 1 or 2 people in their whole carrier with one. He then sent me back to the Pain Management Doctor for injections in the back of my head. When that didn’t work he sent me back to the Neurologist. He tried several different meds and nothing helped. He was at a loss and didn’t know what else to do. Then in March of 2012 I had my knee scraped. When I came out of the surgery and woke up I didn’t have the migraine anymore. I thought it was gone and I was good to go. Then the headaches came back. I started having to watch every move I made. A lot of things started causing migraines. If I sat wrong, turned my head wrong, it would cause a migraine. I couldn’t lay on the back of my head when I slept at night. If I did, within about 30 minutes it would feel like someone hit me upside the head with a 2×4. Then in July of 2013 I started having to have ice packs on the back of my head. I had an ice pack on my head almost all day, and I slept with one on my head at night. I had 3 ice packs in the freezer and I would just keep rotating them out. One would last about 6 hours before completely thawing out. So I always had an ice pack to use.

During my visit(s) to MTCA, my experience was: Hopeful. I had the trial implant put in and for the first time in a very long time I had some relief. I was able to start relaxing.

After my procedure with MTCA, my pain was: Was gone. I was able to sit any way I wanted. For the first time in over a year and a half I could sleep in my back. I also got off my headache medication.