Sphenopalatine ganglion block is a revolutionary procedure for chronic headache relief from migraines, cluster headaches and others. The treatment is performed without needles by administering a small amount of anesthetic into each nostril, and takes about 5 minutes. The anesthetic can “turn off” or “reset” the nerve pathways that keep headaches going and can work for people that have not responded to other treatments and medications.
The sphenopalatine ganglion is a collection of nerve cells located just under the tissue lining the back of the nose. By applying a local anesthetic to the area, nerve impulses can be temporarily blocked, providing relief from various types of pain.
Using our state-of-the-art cath lab, pictured here, Dr. Gropper is able to precisely deliver the anesthetic without pain. We start by applying a small amount of topical anesthetic to the inside of each nostril. Then we carefully guide a small, soft catheter about 3 cm into the nose. Once we confirm that the catheter is properly positioned, we administer a small amount of lidocaine through the catheter. The catheter is removed and the patient lies still for 20 minutes. That’s it!
• Painless non-invasive procedure
• High success rate in patients with poor response to medications
• 5 minute procedure
• Covered by most insurances
• Stops headaches AND prevents headaches for weeks
The sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG) is located just deep to the nasal mucosa posterior to the middle nasal turbinate. The SPG can be blocked by diffusion of local anesthetic through the overlying mucosa. Sensory, sympathetic and parasympathetic fibers pass through or synapse in the SPG, making it a key structure in various types of head pain, or cephalgia. Most types of facial or head pain can be treated with an SPG block. Temporarily blocking function of the SPG can provide prompt, and sometimes sustained, relief of pain. It is theorized that an SPG block provides sustained relief by disrupting dysfunctional neuronal activity, allowing restoration of normal function.
The procedure is covered by most insurance companies and may be more reliable and economical than many prescription medications.
• Can stop a headache in as little as 15 minutes
• Good for Cluster Headaches, Migraine Headaches, even Trigeminal Neuralgia
• Extremely safe. Rare complications include mild, temporary numbing of throat and congestion
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Before the Procedure: “Dr. Gropper, I want to thank you for your time during my recent consultation. I appreciate your openness and your willingness to answer all my questions. I also thank you for your suggestions. I look forward to planning the procedure soon. Again, thank you for your kindness." After the Procedure: “Dear Dr. Gropper, Thank you so much for doing such a wonderful job! I’m very happy with my results and couldn’t ask for more. You and your staff were so friendly and caring and that is greatly appreciated. You’re the best and I know that if I want anything else done I can always go back. Thanks Again!”
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