Without needles, cotton swabs, atomizer sprays, or systemic narcotics, the SphenoCath has been shown to deliver pain relief in a 15 minute procedure!
When it comes to serious chronic and episodic migrainous pain, SPG blocks have been proven to be effective. An SPG block is a procedure that interacts with the sphenopalatine ganglion complex by neuromodulation. Past SPG blocks have been uncomfortable and carry risks, but with this new device the procedure is quick, comfortable, and more effective.
What is a Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block (SPGB)?
A ganglion is a collection of nerve cells that helps to regulate certain functions within your body. The sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG) is located in the back of the nose and plays a role in many types of headache. Headache treatment by application of medication tot he SPG has been done for over one hundred years. If the medication used is intended to temporarily block function of the SPG, this is called a SPG block or SPGB.
What is the SphenoCath?
The patented SphenoCath is a small, soft tube specifically designed to be gently instered into a patient’s nose, as they lie on their back, and deliver medication precisely and consistently to the area of the SPG. The SphenoCath is not a headache treatment per se. It is a medication delivery device that transforms a SPGB into a quick, simple, comfortable procedure.
What should I expect?
Sometimes providers pre-medicate with a topical anesthetic spray or gel in the nose. This is not necessary, but may make the procedure more comfortable. Some patients experience an unpleasant taste in their mouth or a temporary unpleasant numbness in their throat after the procedure. Some feel a temporary difficulty swallowing, but this resolves in a few minutes. Most patients experience very little or no discomfort when the tube is inserted. If your nasal passage has an irregularity that makes the procedure difficult, your provider may refer you to have the procedure done under x-ray guidance. And most patients can resume their normal activities within 15-20 minutes!