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Occipital Nerve Decompression or Neurectomy 

Thank you for considering our practice for your upcoming procedure. We understand that surgery can be overwhelming, but we are committed to providing you with the information and care you need to feel confident and prepared for your procedure. Here is what you can expect before, during, and after your surgery.

About the Procedure

What is an Occipital Nerve Decompression/Neurectomy?

An occipital nerve decompression/neurectomy is a surgical procedure that involves releasing or removing the occipital nerve that runs from the spinal cord up through the neck and into the scalp. This procedure is typically performed to treat chronic headaches or migraines that are caused by compression or irritation of the occipital nerve.

Before the procedure:

Before the surgery, you will meet with your surgeon and medical team to discuss the procedure and ask any questions you may have. You may need to stop taking certain medications, such as blood thinners, and fast for a certain period of time before your surgery. Your surgeon will provide you with detailed instructions on how to prepare for your procedure.

During the procedure:

The occipital nerve decompression/neurectomy procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia. The surgeon will make an incision at the back of the head to access the occipital nerve. They will then carefully dissect and release the nerve from any surrounding tissue or structures that may be compressing or irritating it. In some cases, the surgeon may also choose to remove a portion of the occipital nerve, which is called an occipital neurectomy.

After the procedure:

After the surgery, you will be closely monitored in the recovery room until you are awake and stable enough to be moved to a hospital room. You may need to stay in the hospital for several days to a week or more, depending on the specifics of your surgery. Your surgeon will provide you with detailed instructions on how to care for your incision, manage any pain or discomfort, and gradually resume your normal activities.

We hope this information has been helpful in preparing you for your procedure. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our office. We are here to support you throughout your entire journey to recovery.

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