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Stellate Ganglion Blocks

What is a Stellate Ganglion Block?

A Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB) is a procedure that I perform to relieve chronic pain in the upper body, particularly in the face, neck, arms, and chest. It involves injecting local anesthetic into the stellate ganglion, a group of nerves in the neck. By blocking these nerves, we can reduce or eliminate pain in the affected areas.

What Can it Treat?

Stellate Ganglion Blocks are typically used to treat:

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS): This condition can cause severe pain, swelling, and changes in the skin.

PTSD: Still considered experimental, stellate blocks have been shown in some studies to alleviate PTSD.

Other Chronic Pain Conditions: Such as certain types of headaches and facial pain.

How is it Administered?

The procedure is relatively quick and is often performed in the outpatient setting. Here’s how it’s done:

Positioning: You will lie on your back, and I’ll carefully position your neck.

Sterilization: The area around your neck will be cleaned and sterilized.

Local Anesthetic: A local anesthetic is used to numb the area.

Injection: Using fluoroscopy and ultrasound for guidance, I’ll inject the anesthetic into the stellate ganglion.

Observation: After the procedure, we’ll monitor you for a brief period to ensure everything is okay.

What Are the Risks?

As with any medical procedure, there are risks, although they are relatively rare:

Allergic reactions to the anesthetic

Hoarseness or difficulty swallowing

Temporary increase in pain

Infection or bleeding at the injection site

Nerve damage

Drooping eyelid

Schedule an Appointment with Dr. Edward Rubin

Do you suffer from chronic pain from CRPS? Stellate Ganglion Blocks may be the solution for you. Contact our office today to set up a consultation with Dr. Edward Rubin and his team. Together, they determine if this treatment is suitable for you and develop a tailored pain management plan.