SPG nerve blocks reduce the pain of sinus surgery.
This study tested SPG nerve blocks on forty five patients who had post operative complications from sinus surgery. These included problems with their vision, sore throat, nausea and vomiting, headaches, or difficulty swallowing. The sample group of 45 patients was divided into three groups with 15 patients in each group, each patient receiving and SPG nerve block. The first group was treated with a saline placebo. The second group was treated with a local anaesthetic called. the third group was treated with local anaesthetic called levobupivacaine.
Post operative pain was measured two hours, six hours, and tweet four hours after the surgery. The results of the study were that active anaesthetic in both its forms gave a superior outcome to the saline. This was reported by both patients and surgeons who were more satisfied with the anaesthetic outcomes of the SPG blocks.
View the original SPG block for post operative sinus pain at this link: Role of sphenopalatine ganglion block for postoperative analgesia after functional endoscopic sinus surgery