Athas Health-Migraine Treatment Centers of America

New Procedure Gives Chronic Migraines a Break

Migraines are maddening. Ask anyone who has had one. And a chronic migraine can be so frequent and severe that it keeps the person from working, or even venturing outside.

Chronic migraine treatment options historically have been extremely limited. Fortunately, advances in modern medicine are providing solutions for chronic migraines that did not exist just a few years ago.

“My typical patient has tried medications, but they don’t work. Has tried multiple injections of nerves of the head. Has tried Botox injections. Has tried hypnosis, biofeedback and relaxation techniques. Sometimes they’ve tried surgery – doesn’t work. Most have very severe daily headaches,” says Ioannis Skaribas, M.D., who practices independently at Migraine Treatment Centers of America in Houston, Texas.

Migraine Treatment Centers of America offers a long-term solution: the Omega™ migraine procedure. It is a surgical procedure involving neurostimulation, which uses gentle stimulation to confuse nerves, preventing pain signals from being transmitted to the brain. The technology has been used in pain management for more than 40 years.

Before recommending a treatment option, Dr. Skaribas’ first step is to interview the patient about his chronic headaches and treatment history. For those who are candidates, he explains the Omega procedure.

The second step is a 7-10 day test.  Dr. Skaribas places thin leads with electrodes under the skin, using light anesthesia, and then asks the patient to live life normally. A majority of the chronic migraine patients have responded to neurostimulation, effectively switching off the pain.

Like the test phase, the permanent implant is minimally invasive. Dr. Skaribas places the leads under the skin on both sides and at the front and back of the head. He also implants a small battery that is programmed and charged wirelessly.

Research shows that using four leads instead of two (the traditional approach) significantly increases effectiveness. “So far, the procedure is very successful,” says Dr. Skaribas. And many insurance plans cover it.

According to Dr. Skaribas, Migraine Treatment Centers of America provides superb support and education for patients. “I have a very personalized practice,” he says. “We offer excellence in interventional pain management.”

Patients are encouraged to call for a free one-on-one consultation.


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