Nerve Decompression: An Outpatient Surgery for Headache Relief

Posted by on Jan. 28, 2013

Surgery for headache relief may sound too extreme considering that there are tons of natural and pharmaceutical reliefs available out there. However, for some people who don’t get any relief from medications at all, this may be their only way out of the debilitating pain.

Peripheral nerve stimulation is one invasive procedure proven effective in eliminating headache, another is nerve decompression.

Nerve decompression is a minimally invasive surgery which is performed on an outpatient basis – meaning the patient can be released from the hospital as soon as the surgery is done. It helps relieve pain by freeing the compressed nerve from the canal or tissue squeezing it. This method can also be applied on cases of carpal tunnel syndrome and heel pain. For headache specifically, surgeons remove the scarred tissue enveloping the nerves. This decompression process provides relief by helping eliminate inflammation and swelling among the nerves.

Before undergoing this procedure, however, your healthcare provider will need your medical history and headache diary to determine whether you are eligible for the surgery or not.

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