The SPG Block has proven to be an effective treatment for a variety of conditions, including trigeminal neuralgia, chronic migraines, cluster headaches, and other types of facial pain. By providing targeted pain relief, an SPG Block offers a non-surgical option for those seeking relief from debilitating head and facial pain, often when other treatments have been ineffective. It can significantly improve the quality of life for those suffering from these conditions, offering a promising approach to pain management.
Like any medical intervention, there is a small risk of allergic reactions or adverse side effects to the medications used during the SPG block. Some patients may also experience temporary discomfort or irritation in the nose and throat following the procedure.
During an SPG block, our care team will apply a local anesthetic to numb the area in the back of your nose. A thin tube will be inserted through your nostril and guided to the sphenopalatine ganglion, the cluster of nerves located behind your nose. A local anesthetic will be administered to the ganglion, which can help alleviate head and facial pain.
The procedure typically takes just a few minutes, and you may experience a sensation of pressure or fullness in your nose and a bitter taste from the local anesthetic during the process.