Stellate ganglion blocks are performed in the office. Patients are required to check in 30 minutes prior to their scheduled appointment time.
Once taken back to the preparation area, a small IV catheter will be placed in your hand or arm. This catheter may be used to administer light sedation for the procedure.
When taken to the procedure room, you will be placed on your back with a pillow under your chest to allow your head to drop back. Blood pressure and oxygen saturation monitors will be applied. The injection sites will be cleansed with an antiseptic solution and draped in a sterile manner. Using a small, thin needle, local anesthetic is injected to numb the skin and deep tissue, which may feel like a stinging and/or burning sensation.
Assisted by fluoroscopy (X-ray), the physician is able to correctly place the needle and inject local anesthetic, which numb the nerves. Following the procedure, you may feel a warm sensation in your upper extremities and an absence or a decrease in pain. You may also feel a “lump” in your throat and a hoarse voice, as well as drooping of your eye and nasal congestion on the side of the injection for 4-6 hours following the injection.
The procedure will take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete. If you respond well to the first injection, a series of additional injections may be indicated.