Simple & effective relief from migraines.
- Safe for adults, children and pregnant women
- 2 to 5 minute in-office procedure
- Majority of patients experience immediate relief
- Very low risk
- Very high success rates
- Reimbursed by most insurance companies & Medicare
- SPG blocks are approved for cluster headaches/trigeminal neuralgia, other TAC and atypical facial pain syndromes
What is a SPG?
The sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG) is a collection of neurons inside the head. It is located outside of the brain, but is exposed to the outside environment due to its connection to the nasal mucosa. The SPG is connected to a number of different pain-associated issues in the head, including migraine and cluster headaches, as well as headaches with mixed symptoms.
What is a SPG Block?
A SPG block is a procedure that administers medication to the SPG, which modulates nerve impulses to try to provide effective and long lasting relief.
Will it hurt?
The procedure is designed to be safe and relatively painless. You may experience minimal or mild discomfort when the SphenoCath® device is inserted into the nose, but it is nothing like the needles and stiff applicators of the past. The SphenoCath® device is small and flexible, making the procedure as comfortable as possible for quick relief.
How long does it take?
It usually only takes minutes for the physician to administer the Trigeminal Nerve and SPG Nerve Blocks using the SphenoCath® device. After the procedure, the patient should recline or lie flat for another 5–8 minutes to experience maximum benefit relief.
How well does it work?
In a 50 patient pilot study performed by a board certified physician specialist, when SPG blocks are properly performed, using the new SphenoCath® device and procedure, the results were very positive:
- Over 74% of the patients experienced complete symptom relief
- An additional 20% of the patients experienced over 50% relief
- The remaining 6% did not experience pain relief
Compared with other known medication and interventional therapies, the SphenoCath® device achieved much higher levels of patient benefit. Many patients are seeing benefits as long as 90 days. In the event you have been using Migraine medications for a long time frame, you may need additional procedures performed during the first 4 to 6 weeks.
What are the associated risks and side effects?
Our procedure has minimal associated side effects and low risks. There are seldom any risks associated with topical anesthetics, but the medication used depends on your doctor. The medication may drain into your mouth and cause an unpleasant taste or some numbness, and, extremely infrequently, there may be some slight bleeding, dizziness, or worsening of the headache.