Surgery for migraine: boon or boondoggle?

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Surgery for migraine: boon or boondoggle?

Post  charmed quark on Sat Apr 21, 2012 6:40 am

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20120421_Surgery_for_migraines__A_big_help_or_hokum_.html
"Nothing works for everyone," said Teri Robert of Washington, W.Va., whose migraine odyssey inspired an educational book and her website, helpforheadaches.com.

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Re: Surgery for migraine: boon or boondoggle?

Post  Migrainegirl on Sat Apr 21, 2012 11:52 am

I think it sounds great. If I knew of a doctor around me who did the surgery I'd probably look seriously into giving it a try. As botox did not work for me the one time I tried it, however, I don't know if I would be a good candidate.
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Re: Surgery for migraine: boon or boondoggle?

Post  Cathy on Sun Apr 22, 2012 5:08 pm

I went to him 8 years ago and had the botox and it didn't do anything. He still wanted to do the surgery but, 8 years ago, I was given a price of $13,000 and insurance wouldn't cover any of it. If the botox had worked, I might have tried it. I'm glad to hear it worked for 70% of the patients. But I'm pretty sure I would have been one of the 30% who paid $13,000 and it didn't work. I think $10,000 must be a bare minimum starting point. My cost also included staying next to the office in a townhouse they owned because I live too far away to travel back and forth.

I remember that he was training other doctors to perform the surgery so maybe there is a list somewhere of doctors in other cities who could be contacted.

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