Stellate ganglion block

What is it:

Stellate ganglion block is useful for treating and/or diagnosing a number of painul conditions. It is the injection of local anesthetic into the area of a specialized nerve structure. The injection blocks sympathetic nerves. If these nerves are responsible for transmission of pain, the pain will be reduced after the injection. We perform this procedure for patients with pain in the face, neck, arms and chest.

Purpose:

The injection blocks the Sympathetic Nerves. This may in turn reduce pain, swelling, color, and sweating changes in the upper extremity and may improve mobility. It is done as a part of the treatment of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), Sympathetic Maintained Pain, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, and Herpes Zoster (shingles) involving upper extremity or head and face.

How is it Done:

It is done either with the patient laying flat or slightly sitting up. The chin is slightly raised. The patients are monitored with EKG, blood pressure cuff and blood oxygen-monitoring device. Temperature sensing probes are also placed on your thumbs or hands. The skin in the front of the neck, next to the "voice box" is cleaned with antiseptic solution and then the injection is carried out.
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