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Migraine Treatment

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If you have persistent severe headaches and your current treatment just doesn’t work very well, you need a specialized approach. At INDY VITAL in Indianapolis, Indiana, a team of migraine treatment specialists led by Cris Vieira, MD, offers innovative solutions including the sphenopalatine ganglion block (SGB) procedure on-site. Call the office or click on the booking tool to arrange your assessment and treatment now.

Migraine Treatment Q & A

What are the symptoms of a migraine?

A migraine headache causes pronounced pain on one or both sides of your head. You may also have:

  • Light, sound, or smell sensitivity
  • Nausea 
  • Vomiting
  • Neck pain
  • Fatigue

Some sufferers experience sensory disturbances called auras just before the migraine starts. Auras can cause symptoms such as seeing bright flashes of light or skin tingling.  

What kind of migraine treatment works best?

If you have moderate to severe migraines or cluster headaches, the sphenopalatine ganglion block (SGB) procedure might be the most effective way to achieve remission and relief. 

Oral medications don’t work for many patients, and many don’t want to depend upon pills to function every day. Medication can also cause significant side effects that you’d undoubtedly like to avoid. 

The SGB procedure treats the main nerve involved in headaches. It helps many headache sufferers who either got poor results with medication or simply don’t want to use medication. INDY VITAL offers this outpatient procedure on-site.

What is the SGB procedure?

Before starting SGB treatment, your INDY VITAL provider applies a lidocaine gel in your nasal cavity. This ensures a virtually painless process. 

Next, they insert a slender catheter, a SphenoCath, into your nose. Your provider advances the SphenoCath to reach the sphenopalatine ganglion, a group of nerve cells in the back of your nasal cavity. 

The sphenopalatine ganglion is tied to your trigeminal nerve, the primary nerve associated with headaches. Your provider uses X-ray guidance to precisely locate the SphenoCath to deliver a measured dose of 4% lidocaine anesthetic. There are no needles in the SGB procedure.

SGB treatment takes only 15 minutes, followed by an additional 10 minutes for observation. You can then return home and continue your day.

How do I prepare for the SGB procedure?

The INDY VITAL migraine specialists recommend discontinuing prescription headache medications before your SGB procedure. 

If you’re taking an anti-convulsant or anti-seizure drug to manage your headaches, the INDY VITAL team recommends continuing your medication until you see the prescribing doctor to discuss SGB treatment. 

Other than medication changes, no special prep is typically needed for the SGB procedure. 

How long does it take for headaches to stop after SGB?

SGB works quickly, with 80% of patients experiencing immediate headache remission. Some patients get permanent remission following just one SGB treatment. Others find that scheduling an SGB procedure every 3-4 months allows for lasting remission. 

For severe headaches, you need a unique approach like SGB. Call INDY VITAL or click on the appointment maker to learn more about this procedure now.