Chronic pain in your arms, chest or neck, as well as chronic headaches may indicate irritation of the stellate ganglion nerve group. National Pain Institute offers stellate ganglion block treatments for residents of Orlando, as well as other communities in Central and South Florida.
What Is a Stellate Ganglion Block?
A stellate ganglion block is recommended for patients who have chronic pain in the neck, head, chest or arms that is believed to be caused by irritation of the stellate ganglion nerves that are located along the larynx in the front of the throat.
What Are the Benefits of a Stellate Ganglion Block?
A stellate ganglion block may be used for diagnostic purposes or to relieve your chronic pain. The procedure is performed at our office on an outpatient basis.
Am I a Candidate for a Stellate Ganglion Block?
A stellate ganglion block is typically recommended for patients with certain medical conditions that cause chronic pain, such as:
How Is the Stellate Ganglion Block Performed?
Using fluoroscopy to guide the needle position, we inject medications into the nerve roots. You may notice a mild burning sensation for a few seconds when the medications are administered.
What Is the Recovery Like After the Stellate Ganglion Block?
You spend 20 to 30 minutes in our recovery area before being allowed to go home. Someone will need to drive you. You should rest for the first 24 hours. We also recommend that you not bathe for the first day after the procedure.
What Should I Expect After the Stellate Ganglion Block?
The medication contains a local anesthetic that will numb the irritated nerves. Steroids begin to reduce the inflammation after a few days, and it may take up to five days for you to be relieved of the pain completely. The effects of the steroids typically last four to six months. If the pain returns at that time and is disruptive to your primary treatment plan, please contact us to schedule an appointment for another stellate ganglion block treatment.
At National Pain Institute, our team of pain management physicians offers stellate ganglion procedure for residents of Orlando, as well as other communities in Central and South Florida. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.