Questions and Answer

Where will I have my surgery?

Patients are evaluated at the new facility near downtown Bangor and have their surgery either at one of the local hospitals or at Dr. Branch’s outpatient surgery center less than a mile from Dr. Branch’s office.

How long does the procedure take?

The surgical procedure time can vary depending on the number of trigger sites (up to 4, but usually 2-3). Each zone or trigger site procedure can average 1 hour.

What is the Success rate for Migraine Surgery

The success rate for the treatment is 90%, with at least a 50% reduction of migraine symptoms. Approximately 35% of patients no longer experience headaches. Dr. Branch’s first patient has gone from chronic daily headaches to ONE headache over the span of 9 years since the day of her surgery.

Common Migraine Causes

It’s not an easy task to identify one particular cause for migraines, because several different triggers may precipitate them. However, typical contributing factors include:

Physical and Environmental Stress, Fatigue, Oversleeping or lack of sleep, Fasting or missing a meal, Food or medication that affects the diameter of blood vessels, Caffeine, Chocolate, Alcohol, Menses, Hormonal changes, Changes in barometric pressure, Changes in altitude.

Specific foods are suspected of triggering at least 30 percent of migraine headaches. Read More