SphenoCath SPG Block

SphenoCath® is a soft, tiny applicator used for a sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG) nerve block. Interventional radiologists use image guidance to apply medication to the SPG, a bundle of nerves in the back of the nasal cavity. Once applied, the SPG block can relieve headache pain instantly and prevent future attacks. SphenoCath® provides most patients with immediate relief of pain from headaches, craniofacial pain, facial pain, migraines or trigeminal neuralgia. Advanced Medical Imaging’s success with this procedure has made it the only SphenoCath Certified Training Center in the nation. Physicians from across the country come to AMI to learn from the best.

SphenoCath® Facts:

● Most patients experience immediate relief
● Fast 10 minute in-office procedure
● Safe for children and pregnant women
● Return to normal activities immediately
● Covered by most insurance companies and Medicare
● Average relief time of 3 to 6 months
● Needle-free
● Same-day appointment possible

For more information or to schedule a consultation call 402-484-6677.

What to Expect

There is no special preparation required for a SphenoCath procedure.
This procedure only usually takes 15 minutes or less. In most cases, the provider will apply a topical anesthetic gel directly into the nose. A flexible SphenoCath catheter is placed into the nasal passages under fluoroscopic guidance, and then a medication is delivered to the mucosa over the sphenopalatine ganglion effectively blocking pain without the use of needles, cotton swabs or harsh medicines. Patients, in most instances, can resume their normal activities within 15-20 minutes.
Some patients will experience an unpleasant taste in their mouth or temporary unpleasant numbness in their throat after the procedure. Some will feel difficulty in swallowing; however, this will resolve itself in a few minutes. Generally there is very little discomfort with the procedure.


How does a Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block work?
A ganglion is a collection of nerve cells that helps to regulate certain functions within your body. The sphenopalatine ganglion or SPG is located in the back of the nose, and it plays a role in many different types of headaches. The medication used is intended to temporarily block the function of the SPG. This is a relatively quick and simple procedure that will improve your quality of life if you suffer from repeated headaches or facial pain.
Who is a candidate?
Anyone who suffers from chronic headaches, craniofacial pain, facial pain, migraines or trigeminal neuralgia. It is safe for all ages, including pregnant women and children.
What is the cost?
This procedure is covered by most insurance and Medicare. In some cases, the SphenoCath® treatment may cost no more than migraine narcotics (which is better for your wallet and your health). For specific pricing information contact our scheduling department at 402-484-6677.
Are needles used?
This procedure does not require the use of any needles.
How long before there is relief?
Majority of patients experience immediate relief.
How long does the relief last?
Every patient is different, and while some may not find immediate relief, others may experience relief lasting days, weeks or even months.