Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block
Sphenopalatine Ganglion Nerve PainCauses and Cure
There is a bundle of nerves in our midface behind the bony structure of the nose called the sphenopalatine ganglion nerves – it is closely related to the trigeminal nerve. Any trauma or damage to these nerves can trigger severe pain in the head (cluster headache or migraines) and face. The sphenopalatine ganglion block is the latest medical procedure to provide relief from this painful condition. The procedure is a non-surgical minimally invasive therapy.
This sort of chronic pain in the face is complicated to treat as the facial region is both sensitive and delicate. However, from case studies, it has been concluded that patients find relief after this therapy. The crippling pain they suffer from is reduced when they undergo this nerve block procedure.
The medical experts present at Dunes Pain Specialists have successfully cured many patients suffering from crippling sphenopalatine ganglion nerve pain – ranging from migraines to cluster headaches. Unlike the common headache, migraines have different behavior, the patient suffers severe headaches ranging from hours to even days. Apart from this, a person might become sensitive to light, nauseous, and dizzy. A migraine is difficult to handle, but our expert physicians are well acquainted with managing migraines with the help of sphenopalatine ganglion blocks ending the massive discomfort caused to patients.
The entire process takes around 15 minutes to complete and the recovery duration is about 15-30 minutes. In this minimally invasive therapy, a plastic tube transfers the numbing drug near the SPG. After that, catheters and a very thin needle is used to inject anesthetic medication till the end of the nasal cavity which is absorbed by the nose into the nerve. The patient might experience relief in pain after a few hours.
The SPG block is a perfect therapy for anyone ailing from acute cluster headaches, migraines, paroxysmal hemicrania, cluster headache, temporomandibular disorder, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and trigeminal or other neuralgias. The nerve block procedure may be done in combination with other pain-relieving therapies.
After the procedure is done, the patient might feel mild side-effects like the bitter taste, nausea, numbing of the pharynx, and lightheadedness. The patient is kept under observation by our physician for some time and is then allowed to go back home.
However, we urge you to contact Dunes Pain Specialists immediately if you feel any serious discomfort.