Best Sphenopalatine Ganglion Treatment


Overview

The Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block is a treatment used for treating headaches of varying etiologies. The Sphenopalatine Ganglion is located in the pterygopalatine fossa. It is a treatment in which a local anesthetic is given to the nerve cells to provide relief from headaches. 

Procedure

There are various ways to deliver anesthetic in the SPG. Your doctor will ask you to lie down and then an anesthetic will be applied to the cotton swabs through which it will be delivered to the Sphenopalatine Ganglion. The other way of treatment includes providing an anesthetic through an injection into the cheek under the guidance of an X-ray for proper placement of the needle. The latest technique includes delivering the anesthetic through a thin plastic tube by placing it in the nose.

Benefits

Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block is very helpful and an effective procedure for providing relief from the headache and refractory face. It does not involve any surgical process and the patient can be discharged on the same day.

Risks

There are no major risks involved. However, some of the risks include bleeding, infection, allergic reaction to the anesthetic, etc.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block helpful in migraine?

    Yes, Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block can be used to treat migraine as well.

  • How long does Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block last?

    It usually lasts for days or weeks. However, you would require a series of injections for constant pain relief.