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Migraine Surgery

Migraine headache is a debilitating disorder that can have many causes. For some people, migraines are caused by the compression or irritation of nerves in the head and neck. These people also have recurrent pain in the neck, above or behind the eyes or in the temples before a migraine starts. An outpatient surgery can help decrease or eliminate chronic migraines for these sufferers. The areas of nerve compression are called trigger points. During the procedure, the doctors surgically releases the nerves at one or more trigger points, depending on your symptoms.

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Why Choose Migraine Surgery at Vanderbilt

  • Specialized care

    We are the only program in the region to offer this treatment for chronic migraines. Our commitment to research means that you receive the most current, sophisticated treatment available.

  • Knowledge and experience

    Our surgeons have extensive experience performing migraine surgery. Their experience translates into the best possible care and outcomes for you.

  • Clinical trials

    As part of an academic medical center, we offer access to some of the most promising new approaches being tested in clinical trials. Find a clinical trial

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