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Stellate Ganglion Block

About the treatment

A stellate ganglion block is a minimally invasive injection of local anesthetic into the nerves of the sympathetic nervous system. The nerves are located in the neck on bilateral sides of the voice box and travel to the arms, and to some degree to the face. This procedure is used to reduce pain, swelling, color, and sweat changes in affected areas and may also improve mobility. It can be used as an element of treatment for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), Sympathetic Maintained Pain, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), and Herpes Zoster (shingles).

This procedure is performed while the patient is in a slightly up seated position. The chin is raised and turned away from the side to be injected. Patients are monitored with applicable, non-invasive medical equipment throughout the procedure. The skin to be injected is cleaned with an antiseptic solution and the needle is directed to the targeted nerves. A local anesthetic solution is then injected into the area. The needle is removed and the patient is taken to our recovery suite for observation.

After the treatment

In the recovery suite, patients will be monitored for changes in vital signs and changes in pain after the procedure. If the nerve block alleviates the targeted pain and remains in effect beyond the duration of the anesthetic, it may be determined to have therapeutic value and subsequent injections may be recommended. Further recommendations will be made by your Desert Pain Specialists provider pending results from the procedure. Multiple injections may be required for optimal results.


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