Decompression-Avulsion of the Auriculotemporal Nerve for Treatment of Migraines and Chronic Headaches

Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2016 Apr 13;4(4):e678. doi: 10.1097/GOX.0000000000000663. eCollection 2016 Apr.


Surgical decompression of peripheral branches of the trigeminal and occipital nerves has been shown to alleviate migraine symptoms. Site II surgery involves decompression of the zygomaticotemporal branch of the trigeminal nerve by the technique developed by Guyuron. Failure of site II surgery may occur secondary to an inability to recognize a second temporal trigger: site V, the auriculotemporal nerve. A direct approach for site V has been used with no clear description in the literature. Herein, we describe a safe and efficient method for auriculotemporal nerve decompression during the Guyuron endoscopic approach. Close attention to all temporal sites is necessary to avoid potential failure of migraine decompression surgery.