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Surgical Treatment of Migraine Headaches

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Find migraine headache help at Fox Valley Plastic Surgery.

Migraines interfere with many aspects of daily life for more than 28 million Americans, causing them to miss an average of 4 days of work a month. This debilitating condition is 3 times more common in females. Approximately, 1 in 5 women seeking cosmetic surgery also struggle with migraine headaches.*

*Factual data from Case Western Reserve University

With that said, what if there were hope of helping your migraine headaches that went beyond medication? Dr. Marc Serret of Fox Valley Plastic Surgery is now offering surgery for refractory migraine headaches. While this type of migraine headache treatment is new to Wisconsin, it is already globally recognized as a safe and very effective treatment for chronic refractory migraines. In fact, we have patients fly in from across the United States to have their migraine surgeries performed at Fox Valley Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Bahman Guyuron from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), studied efficacy to demonstrate if migraine suffers were truly helped long-term from migraine surgery and found an 88% positive response from surgery after 5 years. From that response group, nearly one third of patients treated had complete elimination of their migraine headaches, with the remainder having a significant decrease in symptoms (Guyuron et. al. PRS 2011). Dr. Serret was fortunate to train at CWRU, where Dr. Guyuron pioneered migraine surgery, and was able to learn firsthand how it can help people.

We invite you to find out how migraine surgery can improve your life. Call 920-233-1540 , or schedule your consultation today. A referral from your primary doctor or neuro specialist will help our staff pre-authorize your visit with Dr. Marc Serret.

Migraine Surgery Defined

What causes migraines? The exact etiology is unknown. Both central and peripheral mechanism theories exist. One theory is that terminal nerve branches are stimulated by surrounding structures such as muscle, vessels, bones and cartilage. The irritation of these end branches can result in a release of biochemical substances that begin an inflammatory cascade of the nerves and membranes around the brain causing symptoms similar to meningitis.*

*Migraine Rationale from Case Western Reserve University Experience

Many migraine patients we help in Wisconsin have been subjected to a host of medicinal and non-surgical therapies. They look to nerve decompression surgery as a way to improve the symptoms they suffer from, including painful headaches, nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound.

Migraine surgery was pioneered by Dr. Bahman Guyuron, president of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons and chairman of the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. Dr. Guyuron identified 4 common migraine trigger sites (forehead, temple, septum, back of the head).

Migraine surgery is typically outpatient, minimally invasive, and effective. An added benefit is that certain migraine surgery procedures an also offer forehead/brow rejuvenation. Additionally, migraine surgery can be combined with other aesthetic surgical procedures.

Migraine Surgery at Fox Valley Plastic Surgery

Dr. Marc Serret, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon with Fox Valley Plastic Surgery, is the only surgeon practicing in Northeast Wisconsin who has trained directly with Dr. Bahman Guyuron.

Migraine surgeries are performed at the Theda Clark Surgery Center in Oshkosh, located in the same building as Fox Valley Plastic Surgery. The majority of the procedures are performed under general anesthesia, and patients should expect to spend about 4 hours at the surgery center.

The recovery times vary by patient and the trigger sites. Results can be immediate or may take several weeks. However, final results could take up to 1 year. Dr. Marc Serret takes great pride in providing detailed forms and protocol to ensure a smooth and successful migraine surgery experience.


Watch patient testimonial video

"Do it. Absolutely. It is the best money that I ever spent...If you like taking medication and you're okay with it, fine. Deal with your headaches, but if you don't, you don't have to. I don't like taking medication. I don't think it's good for your body. So for me, if I can make the headaches go away pretty much permanently without medication, do it."
- Female patient, age 54

"I received excellent care. Dr. Serret was very thorough in explaining the surgical procedure and listened to my concerns. I think he spent a great deal of time making sure I understood everything and made me feel comfortable with my decision. I've never had a doctor spend as much time with me before a surgical procedure and after 17 years of misery, he has given me hope. I don't know if many people know about this surgery for migraines, but you should do everything you can to publicize it. I know there are other people that would be so grateful for this procedure."
- Female patient, age 66

"Everything about my experience with the ThedaCare Surgery Center was positive. The front desk, nurses, doctors...all were wonderful to me and very easy to deal with. Thank you to all who made my surgery a pleasant experience."
- Female patient, age 57

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Marc Serret, or call our office at 920-233-1540 at Fox Valley Plastic Surgery, 2700 Witzel Ave. in Oshkosh.

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Wisconsin plastic surgeons Drs. David Janssen, William Doubek, and Marc Serret perform breast augmentation, breast lift, laser hair removal, vein treatment, face lift, tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) and liposuction. They serve Wisconsin communities including Oshkosh, Appleton, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison, Fond du Lac and Neenah.