Six months after participating in the 8th Annual Symposium on the Surgical Treatment of Migraine Headaches in Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Bardia Amirlak released a review showing high-volume migraine surgery clinics are using new patient criteria based on information shared at the symposium. In the review, Dr. Amirlak, Medical Director of the Plastic Surgery Clinic at the University of Texas Department of Plastic Surgery in Dallas, Texas, and director of Peripheral Nerve Surgery at the VA North Texas Health Care System, said criteria changes are leading to greater success and positively impacting lives of patients who suffer debilitating migraine headaches. Dr. Amirlak said he and others believe advancements like this are a direct result of such symposiums and other methods emphasizing sharing of information among expert providers.
The symposium was held in November of 2014 at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. It was hosted by the world-renowned plastic surgeon, Dr. Bahman Guyuron, former chairman of the Case Western Reserve University Plastic Surgery Department and the leading innovator in migraine surgery, in collaboration with Dr. Deborah Reed, neurologist and leading expert in the field of migraine headaches and migraine surgery. During facial cosmetic procedures, Dr Guyuron first made the groundbreaking discovery that nerve decompression helps migraines, and he later perfected the procedure.