Sphenocath®  – Treatment for Debilitating Migraines

While there are many types of headaches, the most common include migraine headaches, cluster headaches due to trigeminal neuralgia, tension, sinusitis, and temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ). If you suffer from these types of headaches, Sphenopalatine Neuromodulation therapy may be for you.

Methodist offers Sphenocath®, a simple and effective procedure to provide patients with immediate and long-term relief from chronic headache symptoms. The SphenoCath® device and procedure differs from conventional headache prescription medications because the pain is treated directly at the source with a quick, relatively painless, and minimally invasive SPG/PPG/ Trigeminal blocking technique.

Traditionally, an SPG block is attempted by navigating a cotton tip applicator through the nasal passages or with a long needle through the side of the head. This approach carries risks, sometimes requires sedation and is often uncomfortable.

The SphenoCath® device is an alternative to traditional SPG blocks. The device is a one-of-a-kind, soft, flexible, spaghetti-sized catheter which employs a flexible outer sheath with soft edges for comfort and an inner angled flexible catheter to deliver medication without the use of a needle inside the nasal passageway with maximum patient comfort.

The SphenoCath® delivers medication that can sustain pain relief in a 15 minute procedure that is comfortable and quick. With the SphenoCath® an SPG block may be achieved without needles, cotton swabs, atomizer sprays, or systemic narcotics.

SPG blocks have time-tested efficacy when it comes to serious chronic and episodic migrainous pain. This simple procedure is effective in providing immediate and long-term relief from migraine and other related conditions.

Benefits of SphenoCath®:

  • Procedure can be done quickly, simply and comfortably
  • Higher success rates at administering an SPG block, with lower risk
  • Minimally-invasive
  • Can be used during pregnancy
  • Low cost, and covered by most insurance companies and Medicare
  • Ability to return to work or daily activities immediately