Having migraine and headache? Looking for immediate migraine and headache relief? Get it checked with our specialist to find out if you are a suitable candidate for Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block.
What is Sphenopalatine Ganglion Blocks?
The sphenopalatine ganglion block (SPG) is a collection of nerve cells that is closely associated with the trigeminal nerve, which is the main nerve involved in headache disorders. It contains autonomic nerves and sensory nerves. Autonomic nerves are specialized nerves that control organ functions, including gut and bladder movements, beating of the heart, sweating, salivation, tearing and other secretions. In the SPG, these autonomic nerves supply the lacrimal glands (which produces tears) and the inner lining of the nose and sinuses (which produces nasal discharge or congestion). The SPG is located just behind the bony structures of the nose.
Sphenopalatine Ganglion Blocks effective treatment for:
Schenoplatine Ganglion Blocks has been reported as an effective treatment for Cluster headache, Migraine, Trigeminal neuralgia, Herpes zoster, Paroxysmal hemicrania, Cancer of the head or neck, Facial pain that is atypical, Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), Temporomandibular disorder, Nasal contact point headache, Vasomotor rhinitis.
Most patients report immediate relief that lasts for weeks or even months at a time
How is it performed?
Dr Mathew Tung may numb the nose by applying a local numbing medication. This is done to help make you more comfortable when the catheter is placed.
With certain catheter devices, your provider may allow time for the nose to numb, afterwards, you will be asked to lie down on your back with your head extended. The catheter device will be gently placed into one nostril, and the catheter will be advanced. The numbing medication will be pushed through the syringe, and then the catheter will be taken out. The procedure will be repeated in the other nostril and in total takes between 10-20 seconds to complete. After the procedure is completed you may be asked to lie down for about 15 minutes and your blood pressure may be checked.
With another catheter device, you will remain seated during the procedure. The device will be placed into one nostril and the catheter will be advanced. The numbing medication will be pushed through the syringe, and then the catheter will be taken out. This will be repeated in the other nostril and takes between 10-20 seconds—you can leave after the procedure is completed.
What are the side effect?
The risks of the procedure are typically minimal. They include discomfort during and after the procedure, a numb sensation when swallowing, bitter taste from the anesthesia, bleeding from the nose, and light-headedness. These side effects typically resolve within minutes to a few hours. There is a very small risk of seizures, infection and allergic reaction