Stellate Ganglion Block Procedure
The Stellate Ganglion Block Procedure is an injection next to the cervical spine containing a nerve center that is the likely cause of your arm and/or hand pain.
Why is a Stellate Ganglion Block Procedure helpful?
It is helpful in the diagnosis and treatment of your arm and/or hand pain, which is likely due to a disorder of a part of your nervous system. A numbing local anesthetic agent is used for the injection. You may or may not experience temporary pain relief after the injection. If you experience pain relief after the injection of the numbing local anesthetic agent, the relief of pain will last from weeks to months.
What happens during a Stellate Ganglion Block Procedure?
You will be asked to lie on your back on the procedure table. (If you choose to have IV sedation, you will not experience the following steps of the procedure.) The skin of your neck at the injection site will be cleaned with an anti-bacterial solution. You will experience an initial sting at the injection site, as the skin will be numbed with a local anesthetic numbing agent. Then, the doctor will guide the procedure needle by way of real-time x-ray to the target structure next to your spine for injection of the local anesthetic numbing agent. The injection procedure itself will be brief, usually lasting less than 10 minutes.
What happens after a Stellate Ganglion Block Procedure?
You will be observed for at least 15 minutes in the recovery room for your response to the injection. Your oxygen level, blood pressure, pulse rate, and respiratory rate will be monitored in the recovery room. You may become a little sore at the soft tissues of the procedure site, which is normal and to be expected. You may apply an ice-pack to the sore area of the procedure site. The soreness at the procedure site should go away in a couple of days. It usually takes 24 to 48 hours to experience pain relief of your arm and/or hand pain from the local anesthetic numbing agent. A follow-up appointment will be made for you.
Can I go to work the next day after a Stellate Ganglion Block Procedure?
You can return to work the next day.