Dr. Branch’s first migraine patient was a chronic sufferer who had visited multiple headache centers around the country, including month-long admissions for intractable pain. She became immediately pain-free after her surgery in Bangor. With her subsequent exposure on TV news and in various publications, the Northeastern Migraine Surgery Center began. Since then, patients from all over the U.S. and the world have visited Dr. Branch. The surgery is performed almost entirely in an outpatient setting, with patients returning home or to a hotel room the same day. Gradually, migraine surgery has gained a foothold in mainstream care – Dr. Branch is now seeing many patients at the request of neurologists. Patients from Canada, particularly Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Quebec, can drive to Bangor for consultations and 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. 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