What is the Omega Procedure® and the Reed Procedure®; Is There a Difference?

Dr. Ken Reed of Reed Migraine invented both the Omega Procedure® and Reed Procedure®, as they are both fundamentally the same surgical procedures for the implantation of a peripheral neurostimulator for the treatment of migraine. So, the only practical difference between the two is that they have different registered service mark names. So, yes, the same procedures -- just different commercially registered names -- and Dr. Reed invented both.

Reed Procedure Migraine Treatment

Reed Procedure Migraine Treatment

What are the Omega and Reed Procedures?

The Reed and Omega Procedures are registered service marks for a surgical procedure that carries generic name of "Combined Occipital and Supraorbital Nerve Stimulation", a procedure that has resulted in good to excellent results in hundreds of patients as documented in over 90 peer-reviewed medical reports by authors representing over 140 respected institutions, including the US and foreign.

As the name implies this procedure involves the implantation of stimulator leads over the occipital nerves (cover the back of the head) and supraorbital nerves (cover the forehead). The schematic above illustrates stimulating leads over the occipital nerves, which produces Occipital Nerve Stimulation.  When these nerves are stimulated by safe, very mild pulses, the patient feels only a mild tingling sensation over these regions, and by several proposed mechanisms, the migraines are commonly dramatically eased, often to the point of virtually complete resolution.

While the leads are of course evident in the schematic above, in an actual person they are fully implanted under the skin, such that nothing is visible. In fact in the great majority of patients there is simply no evidence that anything is implanted, as typically there are no scars or lumps at all. The patient simply gets to return to full normal life and activities and nobody can tell that anything had happened.

What is the History of Implanted Neurostimulation for Head Pain?

An integral component of the Omega Procedure and Reed Procedure is Occipital Nerve Stimulation (depicted on diagram above). Dr. Reed was the first to perform a percutaneous occipital nerve stimulator implant in 1992. In 1999 his team published the original paper in the literature on "Occipital Nerve Stimulation for Occipital Neuralgia." Since this original 1999 publication there have been over 90 peer-reviewed articles from prominent institutions validating the therapy. Dr. Reed then went on to improve the procedure by his invention of "Combined Occipital and Supraorbital Nerve Stimulation for Chronic Migraine", whereupon its publication in 2009 resulted in Dr. Reed being awarded the prestigious "Cephalalgia Award" by the International Headache Society, as the best original contribution to the field for the year. Thereafter, Dr. Reed continues as a leader in the field as he has published numerous medical research papers on the subject, as well as a textbook chapter. Additionally, Dr. Reed has made numerous presentations at national and international conferences on the subject.

Summary and Conclusions

The Omega Procedure® and Reed Procedure® are the exact same surgical procedure; the difference is solely in their registered names. From a practical standpoint the difference comes in the relative experience of the physicians involved. While there are excellent specialists implanting under both trademarks, only Reed Migraine Physicians have over 20 years experience -- clearly the longest experience base in the world -- at doing the procedures. They have performed more procedures, over a longer period of time, and by far have performed and published on the most research. To learn more about the Reed Procedure® register for one of Reed Migraine's Informational Webinars.

 

15 Responses

  1. I just recently had this procedure done in Michigan. Great option for chronic migraines! I have had about 70% relief just in the short time I've had it. I would recommend this option!
  2. So this would not be covered by TNcare which is united Healthcare community plan?
    • admin
      Hi and thank you for your interest in Reed Migraine Centers and the Reed Procedure. We have had limited success getting UHC to approve the Procedure. We will be happy to contact UHC on your behalf, if interested. Please call our office 972-707-2800 or 214-550-8607.
  3. Is either procedure FDA approved?
    • admin
      At this time none of the manufacturers of the battery, leads and stimulator have FDA approval for head indication.
  4. Is it possible to speak with someone who has had procedure, who has had relief....AND...who triggers are smells?
  5. Are there more than the one location for Reed treatment centers?
  6. Are there more than the one location for Reed treatment centers?
    • admin
      Hi and thank you for your interest in Reed Migraine Centers and the Reed Procedure. We have physicians in Dallas, Chicago, New York City, and West Palm Beach at this time. We expect to expand to Nashville and Phoenix this year.
  7. I want my life back. I barely function. I have been put on probation at work for absences. This is not the first job or time this has happened because of my migraines. I am in bed all the time. I have tried Botox, Triptans, pain killers, chiropracticty, prophylactic medications like Topomax, Amatriptoline, and Gabapentin. I have been to Mayo's and The Diamond Headache Clinic, but my migraines are only getting worse. Please help me as I have 2 children and want to play a vital role in their lives, not just hear about their lives. We had to move in with their Grandmother so there would be another adult when my migraines take over. I have been diagnosed with Chronic Daily Migraines- but they never go away. I have become a vegan at the suggestion of my neurologist, and drink almost nothing but water. I have also tried Occipital Nerve Blocks, which did help, but wore off too soon. I will try anything that will help me live like a functioning, 45 yr old, mother of two. Please help me!!!! Sincerely. Marie-Claire Carignan
    • admin
      Hi and thank you for your interest in Reed Migraine Centers and the Reed Procedure. Please contact our office for more information. 972-707-2800.
  8. I have had occipital nerve pain for over 13 year and tried everything possible, I am from Nebraska, are there closer Reed clinics than Texas? Although for relief from this constant every day pain I would travel. I once was a lively out going person, but now I avoid things even housework the plague because I takes me down. I had given up until I saw the Drs on tv. I have lost all hope, nothing has helped
    • admin
      Hi and thank you for your interest in Reed Migraine Centers. We have physicians in Dallas, Chicago, New York City, and West Palm Beach at this time.
  9. Can you tell me any specific insurance that isn’t accepted?
  10. admin
    Hi and thank you for your interest in Reed Migraine Centers and the Reed Procedure. Yes, this procedure is covered by many insurance companies, and Federal Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO has covered the procedure in 2017 and 2018. Please contact us 214-550-8607.

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