Stellate Ganglion Block

Summary of Procedure: Stellate Ganglion Block

A stellate ganglion block is an injection procedure that temporarily desensitizes branches of nerves in your neck. This procedure assists your doctor in treating many nerve-related issues and pain.

The stellate ganglion nerves are located along both sides of person’s spine. These nerves are responsible for quite a few bodily functions, such as pupil dilation, sweating, blushing, and even controlling your heart rate.

The patient lies on their back just prior to the procedure. Next, medication is administered to help them relax. The patient’s neck and skin will be numbed before the physician inserts a needle and carefully guides it to the nerves of the stellate ganglion. This is done under fluoroscopy (or live x-ray), so that the physician can confirm correct placement of the needle.

Next, the medication is injected, and it flows around the affected nerves. This medication serves two functions, reducing inflammation and relieving the patient’s pain.

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What to Expect Post-Procedure of a Stellate Ganglion Block

When the procedure is complete, the physician removes the needle, and a bandage is applied. The patient will be monitored for a brief time before they may leave.

Post stellate ganglion block, many patients experience some noticeable temporary effects. Some patients experience warmth and/or tingling in their arm on the injected side. Some other mild side effects may be experienced, such as facial flushing, a scratchy voice, slight nasal congestion, or a droopy eye.

These effects are normal, and they usually disappear after a few hours. Some patients will require several injections to achieve optimal pain relief.

To learn more about a stellate ganglion block and if it’s right for you, call a physician at Carolina Spine and Pain Centers today at 864-535-0144 or visit our contact page to see our locations.

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