Outcomes in Migraine Surgery

  • Jacqueline S. Israel
  • Lisa Gfrerer
  • William Gerald AustenJr.
  • Ahmed M. AfifiEmail author


Patients with migraine headaches report significantly poorer health-related quality of life compared to healthy controls in both physical and mental domains. Previously published data demonstrates that migraines are associated with decreased productivity, a negative impact on work and home responsibilities, and diminished psychological well-being. Migraine surgery has been shown in multiple prospective and retrospective studies to be safe and efficacious in the carefully selected patient. This chapter reviews the previously reported outcomes of migraine surgery, including reported success rates as high as >90% with relatively few complications. In addition, the authors present a comprehensive list of the outcome metrics that have been used to both quantitatively and qualitatively study how surgical interventions affect patients’ headaches and their lives.


Migraine headaches Chronic headaches Headache surgery Migraine surgery outcomes Migraine headache index Patient-reported outcomes Outcome questionnaires Qualitative outcomes Complications Quality of life Productivity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jacqueline S. Israel
    • 1
  • Lisa Gfrerer
    • 2
  • William Gerald AustenJr.
    • 2
  • Ahmed M. Afifi
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Division of Plastic SurgeryUniversity of Wisconsin - MadisonMadisonUSA
  2. 2.Division of Plastic and Reconstructive SurgeryMassachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  3. 3.Cairo UniversityCairoEgypt

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