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Neurostimulator: Hope of relief from cluster headaches

Doctors at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center performed the first surgery in the United States Wednesday, August 13 to insert a neurostimulator to alleviate the excruciating pain from cluster headaches.

Sinus surgeon Bradley Otto, MD, and oral surgeon Peter Larsen, DDS, inserted a small device to stimulate a nerve bundle located behind the nose that plays a major role in severe headaches.

When patients begin to feel a cluster headache starting, they hold the handheld remote controller to their cheek to activate the stimulator to block pain signals.

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Learn more about the clinical trial taking place at Ohio State by calling 614-366-6639 or 855-255-0550 (24 hours).

"Cluster headaches are among the most painful experiences known to man, which is why it's important to look at options to help these patients."

Dr. Ali Rezai, director of the Neuroscience program at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. He is not involved in the clinical trial but he has been involved in the scientific development of this technology and has a financial interest in the company.