Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block

Summary of Procedure: Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block

The sphenopalatine ganglion is a bundle of nerves located behind the nasal passages, that if damaged, may trigger severe headaches and facial pain. A sphenopalatine ganglion block is a minimally invasive procedure capable of reducing or eliminating headaches and associated facial pain.

Unfortunately, migraines occur quite frequently and as many as 47 million Americans suffer from migraines each year. At Carolina Spine & Pain Centers, our pain management providers are experts at treating and managing migraine pain, as well as performing Sphenopalatine Ganglion Blocks.

Migraines are much more severe than a typical headache and for many patients, these headaches can last for days. Oftentimes migraines are accompanied by other unpleasant symptoms such as light and sound oversensitivity, nausea, or light headedness.

Sphenopalatine ganglion blocks make it possible to significantly reduce migraine symptoms and frequency, providing chronic migraine sufferers relief.

Facial pain can be as challenging to treat as migraines due to the intricate internal structure and propensity for sensitivity. However, recent research demonstrates that many facial pain sufferers’ symptoms are relieved by a sphenopalatine ganglion block procedure.

This procedure works best for patients who experience pain from cluster headaches or migraines as well as those who suffer from facial neuralgias. Typically, sphenopalatine ganglion blocks are used as part of a multi-faceted treatment plan for maximum pain relief for the patient.

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What to Expect Post-Procedure of a Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block

Sphenopalatine ganglion blocks are a quick, minimally invasive procedure, requiring only local anesthetic and no anesthesia. By using only local anesthetic, this allows patients to return home shortly following their procedure. Sphenopalatine ganglion blocks may significantly reduce patients’ migraine and facial pain and increase daily functionality as well.

To find out if you are a candidate for the Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block procedure or for more information, call your local Carolina Spine and Pain Centers today by calling 864-535-0144 or by filling out an appointment form on our contact page.

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