What Is A Stellate Ganglion Block?
A stellate ganglion block is an injection of anesthetic into the sympathetic nerves that supply the arms and face. The procedure is used to reduce pain, swelling, and discoloration in the upper extremities as a result of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, Sympathetic Maintained Pain, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome or other injuries.
How Is A Stellate Ganglion Block Performed?
In preparation for the stellate ganglion injection, the patient will be positioned face-up on a procedure table. Sedation is common as it relieves the patient of any anxiety or fears of pain, while also eliminating risk of movement. The injection site, which is the lower region of the neck, is sterilized. A local anesthetic is then injected to minimize any immediate pain or discomfort.
During the procedure, the doctor will use an x-ray machine to guide the needle. Once placement has been confirmed, anesthetic will be injected directly into the nerve.
Where Can You Get A Stellate Ganglion Block?
If you are an Alabama resident, pain treatment is not far away! Here at Southside Pain Specialists, we offer a variety of diagnostic tests and treatment options for individuals suffering from chronic pain. Schedule an appointment at our Birmingham pain clinic to receive a stellate ganglion block and to return to a pain-free life!