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Surgical Procedures for Headache
Surgery may be an option in certain cases of
, such as when you have abnormalities in the nasal passages or
growths called polyps that block nasal drainage. It is rarely an option for other types of headache.
If all other measures fail to control
, some doctors may suggest cutting or destroying certain nerves in the face. However, the nerve may grow back.
The surgical options for sinus headache include:
is done to correct a
, which is the wall that separates the left and right nasal cavities. The doctor will remove or reposition portions of the septum that are out of place. The surgery is usually done as an outpatient procedure with either local or
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Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS)
FESS opens the natural nasal passages to improve drainage and allow the sinus tissue to return to normal.
During this procedure, a thin, fiberoptic tube is inserted into the nose to look at the openings into the sinuses and to remove any tissue blocking the passages. This can often be done as an outpatient procedure. In some cases, this surgery may be done with the help of
Surgical Treatment of Cluster Headache
There are several surgical procedures which could be done if you fail to respond to all medical treatment. These procedures may include stimulating certain nerves or damaging certain nerves.
Surgical Treatment for Migraine Headache
In some people,
are triggered when a nerve in the head is stimulated. In this surgery, the nerve trigger point is located and deactivated. The surgery may reduce the number of migraines or completely eliminate them in moderate to severe migraine sufferers who do not respond to conventional treatment.
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