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We got a terrific note from a former patient's mother today.  Our patient Kami, is 4 ½ months out from bilateral decompression surgery of her greater, lesser, and third occipital nerves, and is already at her Florida State University Study Abroad Program.  She’s hiking the Pyrenees Mountains in Spain with her classmates and able to live her life.

Kami is a great example of how chronic headaches don’t have to be a life sentence.  Occipital Neuralgia doesn’t have to ruin your life.  Surgery can give you your life back and help get you back out into the world, just like Kami.  Only a few months after her operation, she is back on track.

Congratulations to my daughter O. So proud of this girl for finishing school and earning her diploma in spite of all the challenges, and while filling the role of motherhood like a super mommy. Addie loves you, we are so proud of you!
Thank you to Dr. Ziv Peled for all you've done for Olivia. She couldn't have made it this far without you!

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I just want to take a moment to give a shout out to Dr. ZIV PELED who did my bi-lateral occipital excision/transectioning of all occipital nerves in June 2017.
Yesterday, after 3 years of not being able to put a helmet on my head and ride my motorcycle trike.......
I went for a TWO hour ride!!!!!!
THANK YOU for giving me back my life once again!

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By the time I got my decompression surgery I was pretty much planning my suicide.  It's all I could think about.  I'm so thankful for this froup and Chloe and the fact that that it led me to Dr. Peled.  He gave me my life back.

Hang in there.

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Dear Dr. Peled and Cary-Anne,

Thank you both so much for helping me.  It's only been 3 weeks and Iam already feeling better and little to no pain.  I am able to go out with friends and socialize and feel like the "old me" before chronic migraines.

You were both just doing your jobs.  However, you and your jobs changed my life and for that I am eternally grateful. 

I love you both for what you did for me.


?Keep looking for the stars baby girl ?I missed the first 2 years of her life because of #occipitalneuralgia and #migraine ? It was the worst 3 years of my life. I couldn’t even read to my kids or enjoy their laughter. I fought my way back and now I’m soaking in every moment together. Thanks to Peled Migraine Surgery, Young Living Essential Oils, Pharmanex, and my support system, I have a life again. I still fight every day but this round I’m winning

Hope all is well in SF. I have enjoyed reading your blogs and still have no occipital headaches! What a blessing the surgery was. I pray for you occasionally and praise God for you often. Keep up the good work!


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Incredible to say the least! Dr Ziv Peled our smiles wouldn't be so big without you!

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This is a horrible disease... But I will shout from the rooftops that Ziv Peled saved my husband's life. I am eternally grateful to this man. We went around to several states even had surgeries every medication you could think of and then we found Ziv Peled. He's honest, confident, knowledgeable and personable. He was our last hope. My husband isn't back to who he was yet but he is without pain and without taking medication!! He has a ways to go due to being in bed for the last two years...he's weak, tires easily can't handle the heat but his pain is 95 percent better!! I praise Ziv Peled with everything I have. If you have true occipital neuralgia he can help!

SL (From Facebook)

I just want to say that I have met Dr. Peled and his staff. Dr. Peled is an absolutely amazingly talented and brilliant physician with an amazing bedside manner!!!!! I have had to re-schedule my appointment due to pain and Cary-Anne is just amazing! Anyone on the West Coast should contact Dr. Peled. I am just a patient who desperately wants this procedure..... We are so blessed to have Dr. Peled's talents!

Thank You,

AM (From Facebook)

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JS ImageThis will always be one of my favorite moments.  I will get there, again.

Nine months of zero pain was the best gift I have ever received.  Thanks again Dr. Peled.

New weight training shoes! These b-----s are going to help me lift my 10-15 lb weights, like a boss. Lol. Working back up to bodybuilder status 5 lbs at a time. Gettin' it back baby! Taking it slow and easy, Ziv Peled!


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My words and thoughts two years ago, after I had my head surgery. Thank you all again to everyone that supported me. And also a big shout out to my doctor that made it all possible to live pain free, Doctor Ziv Peled

Hi everyone, thank you for the love, thoughts and prayers.They certainly have worked and lifted e high in spirit.  I am very much blessed to be here and also not hurt in any way for I was in good hands and I know I made the right choice by switching to the best doctor in the country who was way cross country. I don't expect anyone to understand that but it comes to brain, head,  nerves, my life is in someone's hands I must go to the best.

When I am more alert and not as sore, I will give an update from my own words how the surgery all went.  But briefly, So far I am pretty sure I do not have the occipital pain that I have been enduring for the last year and a half.  All I really feel is numbness and surgery pain, I have three large incisions.  Pictures to show to at one point if you want to see.

I am under doctors care until Wednesday morning and then which I will be coming back home to Pittsburgh if all is good and am sure it will be.  That is all for all but will fill you in with a much more detailed version later on.  Thanks again for all your kindness and thoughts, it means the world to reach out to me.  A simple word or phrase can go along way by showing someone they care and I truly believe that and accept in my heart so thank you. God bless.

DD TestimonialI had headaches everyday for over 13 years.  The pain level was never less than a five, even with strong narcotic pain medication.
I was seriously considering suicide, because, I could not handle the pain.  Then I was lucky enough to have my spouse's doctor recommend Doctor Peled.
Dr. Peled quite literally saved my life.  I can never thank Dr, Peled enough for giving me back my life.  Since the surgery, I am not in pain, I'm a much happier person.  My relationship with my spouse has improved, as has my relationship with my daughters.
I now enjoy the things I gave up because of the constant pain, i.e.: hiking, rock climbing, swimming, having a conversation that doesn't start with..."Damn, my head hurts."
Thank You,

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Merry Christmas!

I'm still doing amazing w/no migraines!  Now I manage a cat rescue in Auburn.  We moved to Auburn a few months ago too.  A million thank yous!

Love, A and B

Dr Peled - everyone is doing well. I am so grateful to you! What a blessing that her head pain is gone and she is able to do what she needs to. I haven't been on line much but I definitely want you to know how well she is doing. You're a life saver ! I will get back in touch with you soon. Olivia sends her best to you and to Cary-Anne. :) !


Good morning Dr. Peled,       Thank you for your email and for being in communication with Dr. Ford.  I am hopeful that the path you and Dr. Ford are directing me in will be an answer to what is going on with me internally that has been causing such life-altering pain.  I will definitely let you know what happens once I have an appointment with the Stanford rhinologist.      I would be happy to note my experience on the site and will go to facebook as well.  I appreciate the opportunity to rule out the procedures you tried and the way in which you went about helping me, both you and Cary-Anne. Thank you,

Dr. Peled is one of the truly exceptional doctors in the world. He is empathetic, professional, extremely knowledgeable and very kind. After years of being treated like I was just my pain, Dr. Peled treated me like a person who had pain and promised he would do everything in his ability to help me become a person without pain, in other words, to be able to live again. Make him your doctor, if you need him, and he'll see you through. CV

AK TestimonialDear Doc P,

I had to make sure to thank you for your amazing healing powers!  You have changed my life so much, my pain is now manageable & my migraines are GONE!!! I dreamt of that long & you & your magic made it happen.  I can't thank you enough, you gave me my life back!

Thank you so very much, 



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Dr. Peled,

Thank you so much for everything!  My headache is gone & I can now work on having my life back!  You did a great job on my surgery & you have been so nice & caring throughout this whole process.  You gave me back my life & I don't know how I can thank you enough!  I wish you all the joys + happiness that life has to offer you!



I feel so blessed to have found the ON group + you + thank you so much for giving hope to my daughter + giving her life back.  I thank you for all you do!


This has been a miracle cure for me. I have been completely headache free since February, 2014. I had not gone more than a couple of days without a headache in over 25 years.
My life is so full. I continue to be grateful to Dr. Peled.
Cathy H

Mary S CardDear Doctor Peled and Cary-Anne-
Thank you so much for the graduation card you sent me! It was so sweet, and means a lot, that you two would follow a single patient with such care! I remember being to the point of scoffing whenever anyone said I would "look back" on my headache. It has been an amazing 6 months, and now I am remembering. It is past, and thanks to you. I can start college without pain hindering my efforts and dreams. Thank you for EVERYTHING!
Mary S

I wanted to take a minute and thank you and Dr. Peled. When we first came there, Baily was in so much pain that her eyes had started to loose their joy and sparkle. I was watching my daughter slowly change into someone I didn't know because of all the pain that she was suffering day in and day out. So many nights we spent in tears praying we would find answers and get her well. I want to thank you for giving me my daughter back. She is smiling, joking, laughing and being a teenage brat again :). Watching Baily go through this has been one of the hardest journeys of our lives and we are forever grateful that we found Dr. Peled and the answers we needed to get her back to being well.
Thank you!

I had this surgery performed in my temporal area last fall, and I am SO PLEASED with the results!  I still have chronic daily headaches but the severity has been SIGNIFICANTLY reduced, and the surgical area is 95% pain free.


When my husband was researching for someone and at this point anyone to relieve my debilitating migraines he researched for days.  I had seen every neurologist, every pain specialist, and every migraine specialist across the country with no luck.  I had tried EVERY procedure.  EVERY medication with no relief.  After my neurostimulator came out for the 30th time we had it.  That's when my husband came across peripheral nerve surgeons.  Like I said earlier after days and days of research on different drs. Dr Peled kept coming up.  He had great testimonials, lots of research and most of all he gave insight into what was causing the horrid migraines.  By this time I was back admitted to the hospital to control the pain of the migraines.  We got in contact with Cary-Anne Alvord Dr Peled's office manager and we found HOPE!   We were desperate but gun shy.  We Skype with Dr Peled and we were on a plane two days later.  I am happy to report that our research paid off.  It's been 5 months, 2 procedures and NOT one migraine.  It's a miracle.  Honestly had we not done the research and met with Dr Peled we would still be chasing an answer.  I've been so lucky to find such a kind, knowledgeable and understanding Dr.  If you suffer from migraines you MUST see Dr Peled.  He has changed my life and can certainly do the same for you.  Thank you Doc.  From your most grateful patient!



I had peripheral nerve decompression surgery done by Dr. Ziv Peled in San Francisco.  I am headache free.  I had one surgery done in October of last year and was probably 80% headache free.  I had a second surgery done in February of this year.  I am now headache free.  I suffered for so many years with migraines and the medications I had to take in order to function at any level.  I feel so good and so grateful.  My neurologist, who had become a friend over the years, would not even read the literature that I printed out for him regarding the procedure.  My daughter-in-law, who is a pharmacist, was the only one willing to thoroughly research the procedure.  It is because of her willingness to investigate something new and her encouragement, as well as my confidence in Dr. Peled, that I had the surgery.  There are no words to express my gratitude for the new lease on life that I have.   

It is so sad that people whose lives could be helped by this procedure are discouraged by their own  physicians. I think of this quote. "Contempt prior to investigation leaves a man in everlasting ignorance".  I am exercising, losing weight, planning events......doing all the normal things that one does without a headache or drugs or the fear of getting a headache. Thank you again for everything!!


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I got your message. We will be at a location for a few more days which doesn't have cell service. I will call you when we get home. However, I am doing just great. If you recall, the main objective of the second surgery was to enablement me to take estrogen for hot flashes without getting a headache. I have been on estrogen for almost a month with no headache and almost no hot flashes. I feel better than I have in many many years. I will call when I get home as I want get the website address again so that I can post the success of my procedures. Thank you so much.


I just want to say that I have met Dr. Peled and his staff.  Dr. Peled is an absolutely amazingly talented and brilliant physician with an amazing bedside manner!!!!!  I have had to re-schedule my appointment due to pain and Cary-Anne is just amazing!  Anyone on the West Coast should contact Dr. Peled.  I am just a patient who desperately wants this procedure.....  We are so blessed to have Dr. Peled's talents!

Thank You,

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Thank you very much. Carson is happier than he has been in over a year! We are so thankful that you do what you do.
Take care,
E and P

Hello Cary-Anne,

There are not enough words to express my gratitude to Dr. Peled and you for all of your help you both have given our daughter Tessa.  Please let Dr. Peled know that my grandson Evan will always know of how GOD used him to performed his mother’s miracle.

Thank you,


On 05/10/13 GM was unable to run more that 2 miles without severe pain in his knee due to nerve damage. Here he is on November 3rd. Congrats! You are an inspiration to us all.
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Cary Anne and Dr. Peled,
I want to thank you both for all your help in making my life so much better! In SO many ways. Again thank you for making my life something I treasure and look forward to daily.


Dr. Peled,
This is just a small "Thank You" for all of your efforts in helping me to eliminate the daily pain I used to have. When we first met I was not in a good place mentally - I was discouraged and beaten-down. I am happy to say that is not the case any longer! I'm sure you know this already but you have given me hope that the pain is actually going away AND the negative thoughts I used to have (going far away from the Bay area to end my life) are gone... and I know for good. You saved my life and I hope you know how true that is. Whenever I tell anyone about you I tell them that you are the first doctor I've had that has the "Killer Combo"... you are uber-smart AND you genuinely care about your patients.
As I've mentioned before, I am very fortunate and blessed that our paths crossed. I don't know where I'd be today without you. Take care and see you soon.


Dr. Peled gave me my fife back!
Before my nerve surgery I was having headache/migraines amost every day for almost 15 years. After my surgery I am now only having headaches twice a month. Dr. Peled freed me of my chronic pain. There are no words to describe how blessed I am to have found a Doctor that could help me. I would recommend Dr. Peled to everyone! He gave me my life back!


Dr Peled,
Thank you so much for your time this afternoon. I normally HATE sending "thank you" emails but I will see you in two days and wanted you to know how much of an impact your words had with me today. I really appreciate you taking the extra time to talk with me this afternoon. It meant a lot coming from you. I want you to know you are BY FAR the best doctor I have ever had. You have the killer combo of being super-smart AND you care about your patients. Thank you again for taking me on as a patient. I am so lucky our paths have crossed.
See you on Wednesday.


Dr. Peled is the real deal. His technical skills should be seen as elite. My headaches and neck pain are gone as a result of the surgery. My wife is a 15-year med-surgical/orthopedic nurse and she couldn't believe how well Dr. Peled sewed up my wounds. Dr. Peled's a real pro. His bedside manner is the best of any doctor I've met. He was also very concerned I was comfortable in the days and months following the surgery. He would check in by phone and email. His practice is very efficient. Cary-Anne is a thoughtful, kind, empathetic and very pleasant. A visit to Dr.Peled's office always went off without a hitch. If you are thinking about the peripheral nerve surgery for headaches, Dr. Peled is your guy. I;m still blown away at how much better I feel because of Dr. Peled.

PJHCali Mar 1st, 2013

I suffered from migraines for 2 years. I went to numerous doctors and was on a wide range of serious pain medications. No one could help me or diagnose me. After learning of Dr. Peled I made an appointment with his San Francisco office and within 20 minutes of meeting him he diagnosed me with Occipital Neuralgia and treated me with Botox. Within 3 weeks I had surgery and have been pain and migraine free since. It has been almost a year. Dr. Peled gave me back my life!!!! I would highly recommend him to anyone and will never go to another doctor again!!!! His office staff Cary-Anne and Aimee are the sweetest ladies you will ever meet and go above and beyond their job to help you with anything!!!!

Amber on Mar. 1st, 2013

I was an occipital neuralgia patient at Stanford's Headache Clinic back in September/October. For that, I am grateful for your efforts and compassion. Everyone at Stanford's Headache Clinic was incredibly pleasant and professional. I tip my hat to you all.
I wanted to let you know I had peripheral nerve surgery with Dr. Ziv Peled on January 3, 2013. The surgery was miraculous. I am off the narcotics, flexiril and imitrex. I am only taking regular tylenol or advil. Going into surgery, I hoped only to be part of the purported 80% (who experience 50% or more relief) but now I'm wondering when I will be off the OTC meds.
The purpose of my email is to give you another data point on the surgery. I'm the least equipped to explain why it was effective (I'm a lawyer by training and a mutual fund portfolio manager by trade) but I can safely provide you with one clear example that this surgery did work. Perhaps, in the future, there will be studies that satisfy a skeptical medical establishment.
I thank you, Dr. Cowan, for your lengthy consideration of my case. Please pass on my gratitude to your team. If I may be off additional assistance, please feel free to contact me.

PH on Mar. 1, 2013

Just wanted to let you know that you broke that episode of neuralgia with that local anesthetic Friday. After such a bad time all that night and morning, I have had not one zinger since then, was able to sleep days and work nights over the weekend without pain. I know this is such a low tech and possibly unimportant-seeming thing for a skilled surgeon to do, but it made an enormous difference in my life that day and I just want to thank you once again.

S. P.

Thank you Dr. Peled and your staff for such wonderful care! You always completely explain my prognosis and put forth the extra effort to answer all my questions. You and your staff encompass all the attributes of medical professionalism blended with personality and always have my best interest at heart.


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"After more than 20 years of treatment for severe headache pain, I was referred to Dr. Ziv Peled by my pain specialist. I had the surgery in November and the results have been miraculous."



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