Stellate Ganglion Block
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Your doctor can diagnose the cause of your pain by reviewing your medical history and conducting a physical examination. Your doctor may order imaging tests or nerve studies to help with the diagnostic process. A stellate ganglion block may be used to help diagnose the cause of pain.
You will receive relaxation medicine prior to the procedure. The front of your neck will be sterilized and numbed with a local anesthetic. Your doctor will use a live X-ray (fluoroscope) to guide the injection needle to the stellate ganglion nerves. Contrast dye will be injected to confirm the placement of the needle. Once confirmed, the pain relieving and anti-inflammatory medication is delivered.
If the stellate ganglion block provided pain relief, additional treatments can be provided over time. Individual responses can vary from short-term to long periods of pain relief. Generally speaking, the pain-free phase lasts longer with each additional injection.
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