Surgical Procedures for Headache
by Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
Surgery may needed in people with sinus headache, such as when you have problems in the nose passages or growths that block them from draining. It is rare for other headaches.
If other steps don't help your cluster headaches, some doctors may suggest cutting or harming some nerves in the face. But, the nerve may grow back.
Surgeries for sinus headache are:
Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS)
FESS opens the passages of the nose to make them drain better and let the sinuses go back to normal. A thin tube is put in the nose to look at the openings into the sinuses and to remove anything blocking them. This may be done with the help of a CT scan.
Surgery for Cluster Headache
There are many surgeries that could be done if you don't get better with other methods. Nerves may be stimulated or harmed to do this.
Surgery for Migraine Headache
In some people, migraines start when a nerve in the head is stimulated. This surgery finds the nerve and and turns it off. This may make the headaches go away or make you have fewer headaches if you don't get better with other methods.
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Last reviewed December 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Rimas Lukas, MD
Last Updated: 1/15/2019
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