About The Procedure
The sphenopalatine ganglion is a bundle of nerves located in the midface behind the nasal passages. When damage or trauma to the face occurs, it can cause severe pain in the face and head. A minimally invasive procedure known as a sphenopalatine ganglion block can provide relief.
The sphenopalatine ganglion block can be administered in conjunction with medication and other pain management treatments and techniques to provide relief to patients who suffer from acute or chronic migraine headaches that are often accompanied by nausea, dizziness, and sensitivity to light and sound, acute cluster headaches, and many types of facial neuralgias which are often difficult to diagnose and treat given the delicate nature of the area.
The procedure consists of minimally invasive injection using local anesthetic to provide pain relief, takes approximately 10 minutes and does not require general anesthesia. Patients are also able to return home shortly after the procedure.
Under the direction of the prescribing physician, you will be required to stop any blood thinners and/or anti-inflammatories prior to the procedure. You may also be asked to fast a minimum of 4 hours before your scheduled procedure time. Please shower and maintain good hygiene directly before and after the procedure to reduce chances of an infection developing.
- Plavix: Stop 7 days prior – Restart 24 hours after
- Aspirin: Stop 6 Days prior - Restart 24 hours after
- NSAID’s: Stop 2 days prior – Restart 24 hours after
- Eliquis: Stop 3 days prior – Restart 24 hours after
The patient should keep the incision area clean and dry to promote healing. Your doctor and a representative from the spinal cord stimulator company will remain in contact with you to answer any questions or concerns in the days and weeks following implantation.