The stellate ganglion is a collection of nerves found at the last vertebra of the neck. These nerves are part of the sympathetic nervous system and supply the arms and face. If the stellate ganglion nerves are traumatized or infected, a patient may experience pain. In order to alleviate this pain, a nerve block needs to be performed. OPTIMAL Pain & Regenerative Medicine® physicians are skilled at performing a stellate ganglion block for patients in the Dallas, Arlington and Fort Worth, Texas area.
Why Perform a Stellate Ganglion Block?
A stellate ganglion block is performed to create a nerve block to the sympathetic nerves that go to the arms and face. This in turn may reduce pain and swelling and improve mobility in patients who suffer from Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Herpes Zoster (shingles) and other conditions.
How is a Stellate Ganglion Block Performed?
This particular nerve block only takes a few minutes. Many patients can expect to receive an intravenous medication to relax before the procedure. Once relaxed, the physician will insert a thin needle filled with a local anesthetic into the region where the stellate ganglion lies. Then, the physician will use x-ray guidance to insert a second needle filled with an anesthetic medication.