Gaby Doumit M.D. MSc. FRCS(c) FRCS(c) FACS
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Nerve Decompression Surgery for Migraine Headache

Dr Doumit, a world renown plastic and cranio-facial surgeon, offers surgical treatment of migraine headache in  Montreal

Migraine headaches affect an estimated 12% of the US population. Every year 28 million patients suffer from migraine headaches. Migraine headache is a major burden on the patients: Collective loss of 112 million workdays, $14 billion in productivity /year. Cost of Medications is $ 1.5 billion.

How is MIGRAINE HEADACHE diagnosed?

Diagnosis of migraine headache is made by a neurologist. The International Headache Society published guidelines to help the neurologist make the diagnosis.

A patient must have:

      • At least 5 headache attacks lasting 4 – 72 hours
      • Has at least two of the four following characteristics:
        • 1. Unilateral location, 2. Pulsating quality, 3. Moderate or severe intensity, 4. Aggravated by routine physical activity

Je me suis fais faire la chirurgie curative de la migraine par le Dr Doumit en mai 2016. Cela fait maintenant plus de 3 mois, et mes maux de tête ont diminué de 80%. Je suis très satisfait du résultat et ses services du Dr Gaby Doumit. D Plante


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Before & After Photos

Before After

* Disclaimer: Those pictures represent real patients operated by Dr. Doumit. However, Patients results undergoing plastic surgery can vary from one to the other depending on multiple factors.

What is the Success of surgical decompression of Migraine Headache?

Dr Guyuron et al published a key article on the success of migraine headache. In his study, Dr Guyuron found that 57% of patient who underwent surgical decompression obtained complete elimination of Migraine Headache vs 3.8% for the placebo (no treatment group).

      • 28/49 (57%) treatment group vs. 1 /26 (3.8%) control group
      • P <0.0001
    • Partial elimination (> 50%) of Migraine Headache
      • 41/49 (84%) treatment group vs. 15 /26 (58%) control group (Sham surgery)
      • p=0.14

In a recent publication, the authors reviewed all publications in the world. 8.3% - 63.2% of patients had complete elimination of pain after decompressive migraine surgery while 68% - 100% had improvements.

For RAMQ patients please see Dr Doumit at CHUM - Notre Dame Hospital.



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