New Migraine Treatment Option: Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block
Migraines affect 36 million men, women and children in the United States. If you’ve never had a migraine, you probably know someone who has—nearly 1 in 4 U.S. households include someone who suffers from migraines. The symptoms are severe and often interfere with the sufferer’s ability to function in everyday life. Migraines cause intense pain that may last hours or days as well as nausea, vomiting and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Often, a migraine sufferer’s only relief comes from retreating to a dark room to sleep and wait for pain medication to kick in.
New Migraine Treatment
Most migraines are treated with a combination of preventative medication and medication to stop a migraine once it has started. However, the Association of Alexandria Radiologists is now offering a different kind of migraine treatment called a Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block that may provide longer-lasting relief while reducing the need for medication and hospital visits.
How a Sphenopalatine Ganglion Blocks Works
A ganglion is a collection of nerve cells that helps to regulate certain functions within your body. The sphenopalatine ganglion is located in the back of the nose and plays a role in many different types of headaches. Using fluoroscopic guidance, the SphenoCath™, a small soft tube, is gently inserted into the patient’s nose. Medication is delivered precisely through the catheter to the mucus membrane over the sphenopalatine ganglion. No needles necessary!
After the Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block procedure, patients may notice:
- Significant decrease in migraine pain
- Decrease in pain from subsequent migraines
- Decreased need for medication to control pain
- Less visits to the ER for headache treatment
Results of the Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block
Each person’s experience is different. Some people experience relief for days, and others experience relief for months. However, if the patient feels the procedure is effective, it can be performed multiple times as needed.
Learn More about Migraine Treatment
To learn more about this procedure, please call our office or schedule a consultation with one of our interventional radiologists.