A New Way to Treat Migraines: SphenoCath

The World Health Organization conducted a study looking at the most common disabling diseases. Migraine was number four.

Migraines are intense. I have one patient who shared with me what a migraine feels like for her. She said a migraine “feels just like pushing a baby out… of her head.” Migraines may also come with nausea and vomiting or sensitivity to light or sound.

Frequency of Migraine Headaches

When people have migraines they often miss days of work or school. One study found that people with chronic migraines missed an average of 63 days of work, school and family activities in a 90-day period. Their productivity was severely challenged.

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Treatment of Migraines

Treatment of migraines can include pain-relieving medications, pain preventing medications, Botox injections, acupuncture and stress reduction. If you are a typical migraine sufferer, however, that doesn’t always work.

People are also interested in treatment that doesn’t involve pills that make them tired or ones that they have to take everyday. For those patients SphenoCath is the answer:

  • Administered quickly
  • Dispensed without a needle
  • Offers immediate relief
  • Provides sustainable relief

What is SphenoCath?

SphenoCath is a simple, painless procedure that is done in a doctor’s office. It blocks the sphenopalatine ganglion. The sphenopalatine ganglion is a group of nerves that lie near the sinuses that are the main nerves involved in headaches.

Sphenocath delivers anesthetic through the nasal passage and can temporarily block the signal of these nerves to different parts of the brain. Sphenocath can provide instant relief. Stopping a migraine headache in its tracks while still at the doctor’s office. It often helps prevent the headache from returning for many months.

Is SphenoCath safe?

It is a low-risk application of anesthetic. It has been approved for and shown to be effective in patients of all ages. Unlike needles, pills, or other treatments, SphenoCath is comfortable and relieves pain on the spot and is good for many types of headache and facial pain, from cluster headaches to trigeminal neuralgia and more.

Does my insurance cover SphenoCath treatment?

Most major insurance companies cover the procedure. It is still a good choice for many whose insurance does not cover it or who do not have insurance because it saves them from the cost of daily or weekly medications.

Do I have time for SphenoCath?

What we don’t have time for is the pain and loss of function with the headaches. The Sphenocath itself is quick and simple and takes less than 5 minutes to do. Patients lay flat on their back for a few minutes after the procedure to allow the anesthetic to work best. 15 minutes from headache to happy!

Bottom Line:

SphenoCath is a non-invasive, non-surgical, non-medication-related treatment that stops migraines and prevents them from coming back.