The Reed Procedure℠
High Success Rate
The Reed Procedure℠ was developed by Kenneth Reed, M.D. specifically for the treatment of chronic, severe headaches. His technique, involving both the occipital and supraorbital nerves, is documented successful in more than 80 percent of patients suffering from severe migraine headaches.
Test the Procedure Prior to Having It
We have a short three to seven day, non-invasive test available to determine if the Reed Procedure℠ will work prior to having the permanent stimulator implanted. We believe this option is unique to our treatment and sets the Reed Procedure℠ apart from other migraine treatment options.
Pioneer in the Field
Dr. Reed first began using neurostimulation for intractable migraines in 1992. He has since performed more than 200 procedures in his quest to help patients whose severe and debilitating head pain has not responded adequately to other, more conservative treatments. Dr. Reed and his partner physicians have performed more than 300 neurostimulation implants for headaches – more than any other physician or group in the world.
What is Neurostimulation?
Often referred to as a "pacemaker for pain," this minimally invasive procedure implants neurostimulation leads under the skin and adjacent to the areas of pain, delivering mild electrical pulses to the nerves. The electrical pulses replace the feeling of pain with a tingling or massaging sensation, reducing or eliminating the need for pain medication in patients who are candidates for this treatment.
Although the Reed Procedure℠ is not currently FDA approved, spinal cord stimulation (SCS) uses the exact same technology and was approved by the FDA in 1989 and is now a standard treatment option for patients with chronic pain in their back and/or limbs who have not found pain relief from other treatments. Additionally, neurostimulation for head pain was granted CE Mark approval for use in Europe in September 2011.