Stellate Ganglion Blocks are used to help diagnosis and treat pain caused by the sympathetic nerves. It’s used to treat pain from shingles and regional pain that affect the head, neck, face, or arms. A series of these injections may be required to help treat the pain.
A fluoroscope is used while a patient lays on their back. An IV is given to help relax the patient. A local anesthetic is administered to numb the area.
A needle is inserted into the area and filled with a contrast dye. The doctor will use the fluoroscope to see affected areas and to determine the needle is placed correctly.
A mix of anesthetic, normal saline, and anti-inflammatory medications are injected near the nerves to stop pain signals.
Nasal congestion and bloodshot droopy eyes are common side effects of this procedure. A tingling sensation may be felt in the arms. Side effects are usually gone after a couple of hours. If pain is relieved by the first injection more injections will be prescribed. Pain relief should start to last longer after each injection is given.