NEWS: CATHETER PROCEDURE HELPS STOP CONCUSSION HEADACHES

 

NBC 5's Bianca Castro covers the SphenoCath procedure in their article on concussion headaches. From the article:

Jackson Weatherford, one of Dr. Chad Stephens's patients, recounts his experience with a 90-mile-per-hour concussion from a baseball.

"From the second it hit me, I was out of it. I don't remember anything."

Weatherford suffered from chronic concussion headaches, which came with dizziness, blurred vision, and pain.

Headaches after concussions are debilitating, but they're treatable.

Weatherford says he had "lost hope of thinking that something would come along that could help me." Many concussion patients feel the same hopelessness after spending months or years with terrible headaches. 

Weatherford did find relief - in a procedure called SphenoCath, an SPG nerve blockdelivered with a special catheter. The SphenoCath procedure delivers pain-blocking medication through the nose to the nerves that send headache signals to the brain.

Dr. Stephens has provided this treatment to many patients like Weatherford, whether their head pain is from concussions, chronic migraines, or other conditions. 

"If you think about, a defibrillator is used when someone's heart has stopped, and you shock the heart and it starts to beat it again. It is doing that kind of reset to your autonomic nervous system."

Jackson Weatherford now only gets occasional headaches - miles away from two years of daily debilitating pain.

SphenoCath is not a cure (patients need to repeat the treatment on a semi-frequent basis), but it provides relief where other treatments failed. Dr. Stephens sees a 90% success rate among his patients.

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