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MUSC Health Blog

Date: Jan 17, 2014

MUSC is proud to have therapy dogs visit our facilities. You may encounter them in the Main Hospital, the Children’s Hospital or even in ART. Many doctors and administrators recognize the health benefits the visits can provide for patients. However, patients are not the only ones who benefit from their presence, as staff members and visitors often look forward to their greetings too. The hospital’s volunteer department coordinates all visits to the MUSC facilities and all these pet visitors are required to be registered therapy dogs.

We are grateful for those volunteers who share their pets with the patients at MUSC. But even more, the patients are grateful to have a visit from “man’s best friend”. Take a moment to meet Lucky, volunteer Al and learn how they brighten the day of patients and staff at MUSC.


MUSC migraine surgery patient, Denise Stout
MUSC migraine surgery patient, Denise Stout

Chances are you know someone who suffers from migraine headaches, and may even get them yourself. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), migraines are considered one of the 20 most debilitating medical conditions in the world. In the United States alone, they affect an estimated 37 million people with 18% of women reporting at least one migraine episode per year. These intense headaches can be debilitating, leading to lost wages from missed work, unemployment and even depression. So what can be done?

Treatment options for migraines have evolved over the years, with oral medications and Botox injections currently being among the most common. But for some people, their migraines are chronic and so severe that a more permanent treatment is necessary. The MUSC Advanced Migraine Surgery Program offers the only multidisciplinary migraine surgery program in the Southeastern United States, bringing together experts with specialized training in plastic surgery, nerve surgery, facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, and microsurgery.

MUSC Advanced Migraine Surgery Program patients have - in many cases - experienced complete relief from their migraine headaches and are able to return to a more normal life. Denise Stout was one of those patients and as she put it, “It’s a game changer. It’s a miracle.”  More about her story.

To learn more about the MUSC Advanced Migraine Surgery Program or to inquire about becoming a patient, visit our website.


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