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Study Shows the Benefits of Botox for Migraine-sufferers

Posted: August 10, 2009

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Guyuron believes the procedure, which he has already performed on more than 400 individuals, could benefit a wide range of migraine sufferers. "It really is not invasive surgery. It takes about an hour to do the operation for each trigger site, three-and-a-half hours is the maximum," he said. "They go home right after the surgery and go back to work within a week."

But Lipton wants to see another study, and feels surgery should be reserved for the most intractable cases. "This is obviously not for everyone. This is for people who are really suffering, who've had adequate trials of medical therapy and who have an identifiable trigger point and get better following a Botox injection," Lipton said. "There are a lot of hurdles someone would have to jump over before I would send them for surgery."

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There's more on migraines at the U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

HealthDay News, July 31, 2009