Stellate Ganglion Block
What Is The Stellate Ganglion Block?
At the last vertebrates of the neck – at the sixth and seventh – a group of nerves called the stellate ganglion are present. These nerves are connected to the face and the arms, belonging to the sympathetic nervous system. If these nerves get traumatized or damaged, the Stellate Ganglion Block is administered. This block is a minimally invasive procedure providing medication to affected nerves of the neck, head, arms and upper chest. A patient’s blood circulation can also be enhanced with the help of this therapy. The Stellate block is given to patients suffering from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), Causalgia, Herpes Zoster, and other related conditions.
At Dunes Pain Specialists, our expert physicians will first administer an intravenous drug which makes the patient comfortable and relaxed. The procedure site will then be made sterile and cleaned for the injection. The doctor will first inject the local anesthetic with the help of a thin needle, and then pain-relieving medication will be administered through another injection. The procedure does not take more than half an hour and is done with the help of X-Ray guidance.
Patients have reported immediate relief in their pain, however, the duration of the pain relief varies from person to person. Also, in some individuals, multiple injections might be needed to provide satisfactory relief.
Our specialists will impart aftercare instructions to you and clear all your queries. You might be asked to refrain from strenuous physical activities for 24 hours, after which you can resume your normal routine. The Stellate Ganglion Block does not have any serious side-effects but it may cause nasal blocking, drowsy eyes, tearing, and a tingling sensation in your arm.
Call Dunes Pain Specialists immediately if you experience any adverse reactions like allergy, fever, swelling, or infection. Our medical team is ever-present for your support!