Iranian Surgeon Develops Techniques to Eliminate Migraines

Monday, June 21, 2010

Active ImageMore than 30 million Americans suffer from debilitating migraine pain, two-thirds of which are women.

A University Hospitals plastic surgeon has invented - and is now selling - a device to help those suffering seek relief.

Dr. Bahman Guyuron has developed four surgical techniques to eliminate migraines, and now his Soothe Away offers some temporary relief by circulating cold or hot water through strategically placed pads. The patient controls the temperature.

SootheAway is the first affordable source of continuous, targeted, heating and cooling therapy that offers soothing, drug-free pain relief at the push of a button.

With SootheAway's therapeutic pads, relief is immediately delivered directly to the area of pain, swelling, bruising or discomfort. Traditional treatments start off too hot or cold and quickly lose their effectiveness as temperatures change. Owning the convenient and comfortable SootheAway device means achieving therapy at the temperature you want for as long as you need it.

No more mess, no more hassle, no more pain.

Dr. Bahman Guyuron is known for his groundbreaking work in treating migraines through surgery and botox injections, so it's quite common for the plastic surgeon to see many migraine sufferers.

Two years ago, with those patients in mind, the Chairman of Plastic Surgery for University Hospitals started working on a device which offers continuous targeted hot and cold therapy. It's a machine that acts a little like an ice pack or a heating pad.

Active ImageDr. Guyuron said SootheAway works well in the cooling mode for patients who feel a migraine coming on, and sometimes the cooling therapy can even abort the migraine by interrupting the beginning of the domino effect that leads to the headache.

"Anything that is going to reduce the inflammation is going to reduce the pain," he said.

Dr. Bahman Guyuron is a graduate of Tehran University Medical School. He completed a residency in general surgery at Boston University in 1978 and a residency in plastic surgery at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation in 1980. Dr. Guyuron also completed a fellowship in craniofacial surgery at Toronto University Hospital for Sick Children in 1980. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Guyuron has served as Director of the Section of Craniofacial Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation (1981-1983) and Chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery at the former Mt. Sinai Medical Center (1986-1993). He currently serves as Chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery at University Hospitals Case Medical Center/Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Guyuron has consistently been ranked among the Best Doctors in Cleveland and the Best Doctors in America.

Starting his career with a primary focus in craniofacial surgery, Dr. Guyuron has since applied these principles to aesthetic surgery, where he has developed an international reputation for his innovations in rhinoplasty and facial aesthetic surgery. More recently, he has become one of the leaders in the investigation and surgical treatment of migraine headaches.

Dr. Guyuron has published over 159 articles in peer-reviewed journals, over 32 book chapters, and 2 textbooks. He has recently been appointed as a Senior Editor of the Aesthetic Surgery Journal. Additionally, Dr. Guyuron has been intimately involved in the education of plastic surgery through his participation in over 800 presentations at regional, national, and international conferences.

He is a member of 19 professional organizations. Dr. Guyuron has served in leadership roles in numerous professional organizations in plastic surgery. He is President-Elect of the Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation and Past President of the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons, The Rhinoplasty Society, Ohio Valley Society for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, and Northeast Ohio Society for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. Dr. Guyuron serves as a director of the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is a trustee of the American Society of Plastic Surgery, Plastic Surgery Education Foundation, Plastic Surgery Endowment Fund, and the American Association of Plastic Surgeons.

He also serves on the board of several civil and public companies. His entrepreneurial activities include inventions of multiple medical and non-medical devices.

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