FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why is there so little information available about this migraine surgical procedure?
Plastic surgeons are now offering this type of migraine surgery rather than a neurosurgeon, as one might expect. Hence, the awareness is not available yet. Most people seek intervention for migraine pain beginning with their neurologist thinking that he will have the knowledge to control or eliminate migraine suffering. It is the Plastic Surgeon who is most familiar with the anatomy of the superficial areas of the head and face.
In just recent years this information is now getting out there. We do need more public awareness on this topic!! There are 36,000,000 people in the U.S. alone that suffer from migraine attacks. They are desperately seeking something that will eradicate migraines from their daily lives.
Is this type of migraine surgery experimental?
In the medical community, long term follow-up for a five year period has verified that a migraine surgery patient can expect to have a 90% success rate in eliminating migraine attacks. The other 10% of our patients will have significant reduction in the severity and re-occurrence of their migraine attacks. There are multiple studies that exist which have shown similar success stories. This is no longer considered an experimental procedure at all.
Why do Plastic Surgeons offer this surgery rather than a Neurosurgeon?
Plastic Surgeons are accustomed to pin pointing trigger sites when they inject Botox for the treatment of migraine attacks. They also are very aware of the anatomy of the face and head including the muscles and connective tissues due to their work while performing face lifts and brow lifts.
Dr. Barrera uses a minimally invasive surgical technique which can provide a long-term solution for patients who are severely or chronically affected by migraine pain.
Are there any complications associated with a migraine surgical procedure?
Complications are non-existent with this type of surgical procedure. This is a superficial surgery where there is no contact with any major arteries or organs.
Can migraine surgery be done in conjunction with a face lift procedure?
Yes, the migraine surgical procedure can be done at the same time as the face lift procedure. Dr. Barrera has been performing face lift procedures for over 27 years on patients from the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, England and many other countries throughout the world.
What type of anesthesia does Dr. Barrera administer for this procedure?
Dr. Barrera uses an I.V. Sedative called “Propofol” to maintain the patient in a “sleep state”. He uses a Local Anesthetic which is called “Lidocaine” for additional protection from pain for the first 24 hours. Any discomfort that you might possibly have will be easily controlled with just Tylenol.
Dr. Barrera does not use a General Anesthetic for his procedures. Our patients are breathing on their own during the entire surgical procedure. They awaken alert and are able to converse. They do not have to suffer any of the complications which are usually associated with a General Anesthetic.
Why would I travel to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico to have this procedure?
The cost of this procedure will be about 1/3 of what it would cost you in the United States. So that alone is a major consideration for obvious reasons.
The climate and beauty of San Miguel is yet another great reason. San Miguel has “spring like” weather throughout the entire year. San Miguel is located in the central interior mountains of Mexico at an elevation of 6500 ft. It is easy to fly into the Leon Airport “BJX” on American or Continental from either Dallas or Houston. Both airlines have a couple flights a day. San Miguel is located 1 hour and 20 minutes from the Leon Airport. As an option you can also fly in to Queretaro International Airport “QRO” which is about one hour from San Miguel.
San Miguel is known throughout the world for its cosmopolitan yet charming ambiance. San Miguel is one of the top 10 travel destinations in the world. San Miguel is over 470 years old and it’s rich and colorful history is evident while strolling the cobblestone streets. Walking through town is like experiencing a colorful tapestry as you take in the sights, the sounds, the smells, and the activities of this vibrant community with their cultural traditions that are steeped in their commitment to family and religion.
San Miguel is the jewel in the crown of Mexico. It is a mecca for baby boomers who are seeking a more peaceful existence in a multi-cultural setting. More than 10,000 expatriates, from all over the world, live in San Miguel and enjoy the rich and colorful life that this unique city offers. It is a vibrant art colony where you can study anything you desire including art, writing, dance, music, drawing, language, painting etc. etc.
With that being said ….. if you have to spend a week somewhere following a surgical procedure what better place is there to stay? You can tie having this life changing procedure in to a vacation as well – that is what “Medical Tourism” is all about. You can fill your hours with concerts, book readings, theatre, strolls through town, sitting on the town square, wonderful shopping and much much more. There are fabulous hotels and bed and breakfasts here which will enhance your experience even more. We have a gorgeous world famous “Rosewood Hotel” here as well as Starbucks, Dominos Pizza & Blockbuster!
San Miguel has been cleared by the United States State Department as a city that is to be enjoyed and visited without concern for the violence that exists in the more northern reaches of Mexico.