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A socioeconomic analysis of surgical treatment of migraine headaches.
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PMID:  22183497     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: This study is meant to compare the direct and indirect cost of migraine headache care before and after migraine surgery and to evaluate any postoperative changes in patient participation in daily activities.
METHODS: Eighty-nine patients enrolled in a migraine surgery clinical trial completed the Migraine-Specific Quality-of-Life Questionnaire, the Migraine Disability Assessment questionnaire, and a financial cost report preoperatively and 5 years postoperatively.
RESULTS: Mean follow-up was 63.0 months (range, 56.9 to 72.6 months). Migraine medication expenses were reduced by a median of $1997.26 annually. Median cost reduction for alternative treatment expenses was $450 annually. Patients had a median of three fewer annual primary care visits for the migraine headache treatment, resulting in a median cost reduction of $320 annually. Patients missed a median of 8.5 fewer days of work or childcare annually postoperatively, with a median regained income of $1525. The median total cost spent on migraine headache treatment was $5820 per year preoperatively, declining to $900 per year postoperatively. Total median cost reduction was $3949.70 per year postoperatively. The mean surgical cost was $8378. Significant improvements were demonstrated in all aspects of the Migraine-Specific Quality-of-Life Questionnaire and the Migraine Disability Assessment questionnaire.
CONCLUSIONS: Surgical deactivation of migraine trigger sites has proven to be effective for the treatment of severe migraine headache. This study illustrates that the surgical treatment is a cost-effective modality, reducing direct and indirect costs. Patients may also expect improvements in the performance of and increased participation in activities of daily living.
Carey Faber; Ryan M Garcia; Janine Davis; Bahman Guyuron
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Plastic and reconstructive surgery     Volume:  129     ISSN:  1529-4242     ISO Abbreviation:  Plast. Reconstr. Surg.     Publication Date:  2012 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-04-02     Completed Date:  2012-06-13     Revised Date:  2014-10-13    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1306050     Medline TA:  Plast Reconstr Surg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  871-7     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Cost of Illness
Costs and Cost Analysis
Disability Evaluation
Middle Aged
Migraine Disorders / economics*,  surgery*
Quality of Life
Trigger Points / surgery
United States
Young Adult

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