The Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto rejected this Friday, in a statement, “strongly” the statements of the Portuguese Headache Society, stating that “there is no scientific evidence to support the University’s study” that states that the surgery can be an alternative for the treatment of headache.
António Costa Ferreira, coordinator of the study, reiterates that surgery is indeed an alternative and that “to deprive patients of this possibility is to act contrary to current medical science, which is ethically reprehensible”.
The faculty explains that the study was carried out through a systematic literature review, in which all the information that medical science has produced so far on the subject is gathered. It also states that the results are consistent with the results of identical studies.
“We identified 922 articles, but we selected only those that met high quality criteria. The 52 articles were selected because they were of high quality. Altogether, they involved teams from several countries (United States of America, Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Egypt, Iran, India and Taiwan) and a total of 5426 patients treated surgically. The 52 articles were mostly published in very high quality journals, ie 73% were published in Quartile 1 [o mais elevado]. The conclusion of the review of these 52 articles is that there is scientific evidence to affirm that the surgery is effective and safe”, describes the university.
António Costa Ferreira also clarifies the statement that the mentioned procedures do not appear in any therapeutic recommendation, stating that the American Society of Plastic Surgeons recognizes this surgery as “a standardized procedure for the treatment of migraine refractory to medical treatment, stating unequivocally that it is not an experimental procedure”.