Dr. Rodrigo Soto has the franchise for the first and only center in Colombia that offers treatment for migraine through surgery.
The Migraine Surgery Center, present in more than 20 countries in Asia and Europe, is headquartered in Colombia at the Dr. Rodrigo Soto Surgical Center in Bogotá. This franchise was founded in Berlin in 2007 by the renowned Doctor Thomas Muehlberger.
Migraine surgery is the only approach that doesn’t begin with the symptoms but rather with the underlying cause of the migraine. This procedure offers many of those affected a real chance of eliminating their migraines completely or at least of dramatically reducing the severity and frequency of their attacks. This is not a one-size-fits-all therapy: Migraine sugery is not suitable for all patients. Part of the success of the procedure is the multi-stage identification process for patients, which comprises a series of diagnostic tests that are carried out by a qualified physician.
The following is an outline of the five steps associated with Migraine surgery.
Step 1: The Migraine Questionnaire
Patients who are interested in the Migraine surgery will be asked to complete a comprehensive questionnaire, which includes questions on their family history, migraine symptoms, clinical characteristics, possible triggers and frequency of attacks, as well as a review of all medication and complementary therapy taken to date. The questionnaire can either be completed online or requested from the Migraine Surgery Centre. Migraine Questionnaire here
Step 2: Patient Interview and Diagnosis
Upon completion of the patient questionnaire, an interview is held with a qualified surgeon, who will determine whether the patient is suffering from migraine or not and, if so, what type of migraine the patient is suffering from. Subsequently the doctor and patient will define a comprehensive picture of the patient’s migraine characteristics.
Step 3: Botulinum Toxin Test
The botulinum toxin test effectively simulates the long-term effect of the surgical procedure and therefore determines whether the patient is suitable for the migraine operation or not. The doctor injects botulinum toxin Type A into one or more trigger points. During this time the muscle relaxes and therefore no longer affects the trigeminal nerve, thereby avoiding the cascade of events that can lead to migraine attacks.
Step 4: Diary
In order to monitor whether the botulinum toxin test has been successful, the patient is asked to keep a record of their migraine symptoms in a pain diary, over a period of eight weeks. If migraine attacks occur much less frequently and less intensively during this period, the chance of the Migraine surgery being a success is greatly improved.
- Step 5: Surgery
In contrast to the short-term effect of botulinum toxin Type A, Migraine surgery provides the patient long-lasting relief from migraine symptoms. Migraine surgery lasts about an hour, is performed under general anaesthesia and can be performed as an outpatient procedure.
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