Permanent Relief

The Migraine Procedure®

Some patients diagnosed with migraines fail to find relief through standard treatments such as medications or injections. As the only expert in Houston trained to perform this technique, Dr. Skaribas offers the “Migraine Procedure” (also known as the “Omega” or “Reed Procedure”), a minimally invasive surgical solution with excellent outcomes.*

Am I a Candidate?

Interrupting the Pain Signal

A theory from the 1960s actually led to the development of cutting-edge treatments such as the “Migraine Procedure” (also known as the “Omega” or “Reed Procedure”). Mounting evidence over the years has supported the hypothesis that nerves are capable of carrying two signals at once. With the procedure, a neural message of pain on its way to the brain is overtaken and cancelled out by a competing message, a mild electric current from an implanted device.*

Similar to a pacemaker, the battery is small and unobtrusive. Also like a pacemaker, the battery is implanted under the skin, either on the chest or near the abdomen or buttocks. The device’s leads, insulated wires, run under the skin between the patient’s head and the battery—the receiver for the patient’s external remote.*

Test Run Essentials

As with a pacemaker, a trial run is standard protocol to be sure that the “Migraine Procedure” will be an effective solution for a particular migraine patient. During the trial, temporary leads will be connected to an external generator usually worn on a belt. Then, for the next several days, the patient needs to deliberately engage in whatever usually triggers his or her migraines such as drinking coffee, exposure to bright lights, or eating salty foods. This is the only way to determine how well the “Migraine Procedure” is going to work. A migraine trial takes some courage, obviously, but it’s critical at this juncture to log each stimulus and to what extent a headache was averted while utilizing the temporary device.*

Only after Dr. Skaribas reviews this log in detail and discusses the results carefully with a patient can he make a decision whether to proceed with permanent implantation.*

The Good News

Happily, the vast majority of patients who test the “Migraine Procedure” are successful in using the device.* At this juncture, the battery pack can be permanently placed and connected to leads in whatever location most directly targets a patient’s head pain. While the battery is implanted about an inch below the skin, the leads will actually be just underneath the surface; even so, patients rarely report even being able to detect them.

Although the procedure is not significantly invasive, Dr. Skaribas often recommends an overnight stay for observation. Full recovery takes several weeks, but non-strenuous activity can usually be resumed within seven days.*

Put a Stop to Your Pain

A Magic Button*

Many patients who used to fantasize about pushing a button and making their migraines disappear have that option with the “Migraine Procedure”.* The remote allows users to turn the system on or off and to finesse the level of electrical stimulation to meet their particular needs and preferences. As always, Dr. Skaribas and his staff will be on hand to offer advice or instruction.

Am I a Candidate?

The typical patient that is a candidate for the “Migraine Procedure” is an adult suffering from severe intractable debilitating headaches that are nonresponsive to conservative, pharmacological, and other interventional treatments. For the typical patient, the severity and chronicity of the symptoms interfere with enjoyment of daily activities and the functional status of the patient.

To determine if you are candidate, you will need to make an appointment with our clinic for a clinical consultation. Unlike other treatment centers and physicians, we do not conduct telephone interviews or conduct remote assessments. We believe that a 1-on-1 interaction with the physician as well as appropriate evaluation and clinical examination is of paramount importance for accurate diagnosis and treatment.

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*Results will vary by person and are based upon the patient, the surgery type and the compliance with the aftercare program. As with any medical procedure or surgery, there are specific risks and possible complications.