A cure for migraines?

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Surgeons have a discovered a surgical solution to the crippling pain from migraines – by removing the muscle from the head that causes the attacks.

In the past, many people have turned to drugs or complementary therapy to try and prevent and lessen migraine attacks. However in the past few years, cosmetic surgery techniques appear to also be able to help. Botox has been used for some years to help reduce migraine attacks by paralyzing the muscle causing the problems.

Now, Harley Street plastic surgeon Professor Thomas Muehlberger has gone one step further by removing the problem muscle.

The ‘corrugator’ muscle, which is found just above the eyebrows, has been found to be a trigger for migraines in a large proportion of people thanks to the way it sometimes interacts with the nerves in the head. As the removal of the muscle will only work in people whose migraines are triggered by the corrugator muscle, Muehlberger uses Botox in the first instance to paralyse the muscle and check to see if the Botox has made any difference.

If after eight weeks, the patient has had significantly fewer migraine attacks, Muehlberger goes ahead with the surgery. The operation takes around an hour to complete and patients can go home the same day.

Studies have shown that over a third of patients who have elected to have the surgery have been free from migraines for over a year since the surgery. Some others have seen significantly fewer headaches over the same time period.



  1. Abi

    3rd July 2012 at 7:24 AM

    Oh, puhleeeeze! There is no cure for Migraines. Migraine is a genetic neurological disease. I know people who have had this surgery. It removes ONE possible Migraine TRIGGER, AND the muscle grew back. This is utter nonsense.

  2. Martina Rubicka

    3rd July 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Why pay inflated prices in the UK when you can have cosmetic surgery costs dramatically reduced and get a free holiday as well? It’s possible in SLOVAKIA.

    It’s true, you can get savings of up to 70% on your cosmetic surgery costs, you stay in EU and all beauty breaks are totally gratis. You also get world-class treatment comparable with any available in the UK. The facilities our surgeons work in provide the most modern and advanced equipment and procedures available. As cosmetic surgery procedures allow you to recover quickly, you can have treatments done and then go and enjoy the holiday.

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