Migraine Surgery

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Proud to announce the upcoming newest publication by our team which included residents and research fellows at UTSW department of plastic surgery.
We discovered a new sensory frontotemporal nerve which may lead to a better response during migraine surgery, nerve blocks, and botulinum toxin injections. All used in migraine treatment which affects 39 million men, women and children in the US.
In addition, discovering the existence of the accompanying vessel could have significant implications in understadning the safety of facial filler and fat injections during cosmetic correction of the temples.

New hope for patients with Migraines, Occipital Neuralgia, and NDPH. Targeted BOTOX injection and surgery done by Dr Amirlak at UTSW. In 2009 news that a single surgery ( Trigger point release) can help migraines and chronic headaches ricocheted worldwide.

Subsequently FDA approved BOTOX use for chronic migraines on October 2010. Drugs for migraines and chronic headaches often do not help chronic sufferers and have side effects including mental sluggishness, nausea, muscle weakness, difficulty in thinking, and trouble functioning. Trigger point release is type of migraine surgery that works by releasing the pressure on these trigger sites and hen

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Bardia Amirlak M.D.( Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery)

Delighted that our paper got published as the leading cosmetic section article and on the cover of the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. The idea of this research was started after my conversation with the co-author and colleague Dr Jonathan Cheng several years ago, when we felt the need to better understand this anatomy. We hope that these findings help not only peripheral nerve surgeons doing migraine surgery but also cosmetic surgeons doing face and neck lifts, as well as neck surgeons doing cancer operation. Avoiding complications and increasing safety of these operations was our goal. #dramirlak #utsw #utswprofessor#faceliftexpert #migrainesurgery#migraineexpert #facelift #migraine #migrainerelief #anatomyexpert #anatomy #occipitalneuralgia #plasticsurgery #prsjournal



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Technical Challenges and Nuances of Migraine Surgery


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utswmed.org 01/12/2020

Advanced surgery can stop migraines, occipital neuralgia, and daily persistent headaches | Plastic Surgery | UT Southwestern Medical Center


utswmed.org In the U.S., 39 million people suffer migraines that can devastate their careers and personal lives. But migraine surgeries offered by just a handful of surgeons worldwide – including UT Southwestern’s Bardia Amirlak, M.D. – can provide dramatic, positive results. Learn more.

youtube.com 02/26/2019

Migraine Surgery(Nerve decompression surgery) for Migraines, NDPH and Occipital Neuralgia Dr Amirlak


youtube.com Dr Bardia Amirlak MD,FACS explains Migraine Surgery (Nerve decompression surgery) for Chronic Headaches, New Daily Persistent Headaches (NDPH), Occipital Neu...


Bardia Amirlak M.D.( Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery)

Pioneering migraines surgery techniques in Texas. Introducing fractionated fat injection for recurrent occipital neuralgia and migraines #dramirlak #amirlakplasticsurgery #dallasplasticsurgeon #fatinjection #migrainesurgery #migrainerelief #migraineawareness #dallasmigraines #cuttingedge


Dr. Amirlak doing nerve block


He had to do a nerve block on 7/31/18 because the migraines came back. This is the back.

journals.lww.com 02/03/2018

Accessory Nerves of the Forehead. A Newly Discovered... : Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Proud to announce the upcoming newest publication by our team which included residents and research fellows at UTSW department of plastic surgery.

We discovered a new sensory frontotemporal nerve which may lead to a better response during migraine surgery, nerve blocks, and botulinum toxin injections. All used in migraine treatment which affects 39 million men, women and children in the US.

In addition, discovering the existence of the accompanying vessel could have significant implications in understadning the safety of facial filler and fat injections during cosmetic correction of the temples.


journals.lww.com a previously undescribed accessory nerve and vessel in the frontotemporal area, and report its implication in migraine surgery and cosmetic filler injection. Methods: A retrospective review of 113 patients who underwent frontal migraine decompression surgery at UT Southwestern from July 2011 to May....


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Endoscopic Nerve Decompression


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Nerve Decompression Surgery for Treatment if New Daily Persistent Headaches, Occipital Neuralgia and Chronic Migraines

intechopen.com 12/17/2017

Management of Migraine Headaches: OnabotulinumtoxinA Injection


intechopen.com Chronic migraines are a common debilitating headache disorder. Recently, there has been increasing interest in the use of onabotulinumtoxinA as a preventative treatment, as studies have shown significant benefits. In line with current accepted theories on the pathophysiology of migraines, the toxin�...

intechopen.com 12/17/2017

Surgical Management of Migraine Headaches

intechopen.com Although migraines are experienced by a significant portion of the population, current medical therapies often fail to completely alleviate the symptoms of many migraine sufferers, leading to significant residual disability. Within the last decade, migraine surgery has arisen as a viable option for�...


Patient Testimonial - Nerve Decompression Migraine Surgery

Patient Testimonial for Nerve Decompression Surgery - see more videos on our Youtube channel as well!

Patient had nerve decompression surgery with Dr. Bardia Amirlak.

[08/31/17]   Here's a recent testimonial from one of our patients! Feel free to contact us for more information:

"Our journey with Dr. Amirlak started 10 months ago. My 16 year old son had been diagnosed with NDPH- basically a catchall diagnosis when they can’t stop the pain or find the cause. Joe went from a healthy 12 year old to having a constant 24/7 migraine with bouts of vision loss following a sinus infection. For 4 years, we had seen countless specialists- neurologist, psychologists, headache specialists, pain counselors, ENT’s, chiropractors, and acupuncturists. We followed all doctor’s orders, and tried all the medications, diets and hospital stays they recommended. Nothing helped. Joe went from an outgoing, straight A student, to missing 2.5 years of school from the pain. He rarely came out of his darkened room. The doctor’s told us there was nothing more they could do for Joe; he had to learn to live with the constant pain and loss of vision. Their only final recommendation was to put him on anti-depressants to lessen the risk of su***de and send him to a boot camp for chronic pain.
One doctor mentioned Dr. Amirlak’s name as a possibility for us to pursue. She told us this in confidence knowing her supervisors wouldn’t approve of the approach as the procedure would not be done by a neurologist. We found Dr. Amirlak to be very caring and considerate of our situation, and fully explained everything to us and our son. We live in Colorado so he made himself accessible by phone and for us and was quick to return our calls and emails. Dr. Amirlak’s approach was more cautious than other doctors that we consulted with, and as a parent, I appreciated this. He made sure we took the time to fully research the procedures and encouraged us to get second opinions. In the end, I knew the Dr. Amirlak was the only surgeon that I trusted to help with my son’s condition. Dr. Amirlak has performed two nerve decompression/excision surgeries on my son this year, and his migraine pain level has gone from a constant 9/10 to a 4/10 with the first surgery, and a 0/10 with his last surgery. He has given our son his life back. Joe is reentering high school this year and has now decided to again pursue a career as a doctor. We know that there may still be days with migraines and pain and we may need further procedures- but we have hope, and I have my son back. I would recommend Dr. Amirlak and his fantastic staff to anyone who is considering nerve decompression surgery."


Patient Testimonial - Nerve Decompression Migraine Surgery


Patient had surgery July 2015

intechopen.com 04/12/2017

Surgical Management of Migraine Headaches | InTechOpen

Our New Book Chapter Published in

Current Perspectives on Less-known Aspects of Headache
InTech, Chapters published April 12, 2017




Congrats to Michael Chung with Dr Amirlak's research team at UTSW for presenting the latest findings on Dr Amirlak's ART BOTOX technique for treatment of migraines at the American College of Surgeons meeting in Austin !


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"Talking New Year's resolutions with Lisa from The Daily Migraine!"


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Great insight on how to manage the holidays and your migraines, LIVE now on The Mighty.

Talking migraines and the holidays with The Daily Migraine's Lisa Jacobson.

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov 06/26/2016

Decompression–Avulsion of the Auriculotemporal Nerve for Treatment of Migraines and Chronic...

Article on our migraine surgery technique for temple headaches just got published-full article

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov Surgical decompression of peripheral branches of the trigeminal and occipital nerves has been shown to alleviate migraine symptoms. Site II surgery involves decompression of the zygomaticotemporal branch of the trigeminal nerve by the technique developed ...


Altmetric – An Association between Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Migraine Headaches—National Health...

Impressive internet search results for our article-finally some clout on an idea I had for over ten years and hopefully will stimulate more discussions and research with such associations .
-In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
-One of the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#1 of 359)

altmetric.com Migraine headaches have not historically been considered a compression neuropathy. Recent studies suggest that some migraines are successfully treated by targeted peripheral nerve decompression. Other compression neuropathies have previously been associated with one another. The goal of this study i...


Bardia Amirlak (@dramirlak) • Instagram photos and videos

We're on @instagram! Come follow us for big announcements and updates coming soon! #socialmedia #plasticsurgery http://bit.ly/1TcKQTi

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Dr. Bardia Amirlak on ART Botox Injection for Migraine Headache


Anatomical Regional Targeted (ART) BOTOX® Injection for Management ofMigraine Headaches by Bardia Amirlak, MD, FACS, Assistant Professor, Department of Plast...

nytimes.com 10/11/2015

How Surgery Can Fight Global Poverty

nytimes.com The United Nations has developed admirable goals to end global poverty and hunger, but they can’t succeed without expanding access to surgery.


Migraines & Carpal Tunnel: Looking for a Link


Dr Amirlak's new research together with his team proves his theory of linking peripheral neuropathy and migraines

PRS Global Open staff sits down with the authors of "An Association between Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Migraine Headaches – National Health Interview Survey....


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migraine.com 10/20/2014

18 things not to say to a person with migraine - Migraine.com


migraine.com It can be frustrating to hear people give advice when they don't understand migraine disease. 18 things that shouldn't be said to a person with migraine.

anesthpain.com 06/08/2014

Beyond Beauty: Onobotulinumtoxin A (BOTOX®) and the Management of Migraine Headaches -...

Anatomical Botox injection discussed in this article by Dr Amirlak has the potential for better outcomes than the standard FDA approved methods used by neurologists for treatment of episodic and chronic Migraines . An update to this injection technique is going to be published soon .


anesthpain.com Beyond Beauty: Onobotulinumtoxin A (BOTOX®) and the Management of Migraine Headaches - Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine - - Kowsar

ksat.com 04/08/2014

Migraine Relief: Stopping Pain & Relieving Pressure

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ksat.com A new way to treat migraines is discovered by accident.

search.ivanhoe.com 04/02/2014

Migraine Relief: Stopping Pain & Relieving Pressure | Medical News and Health Information

search.ivanhoe.com DALLAS (Ivanhoe Newswire) – Meredith Messerli is thankful she can study without pain. The college freshman spent two years of her life battling severe

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