• Stellate Ganglion Block (SGBs)

    Stellate Ganglion Block is a treatment for CRPS or RSD. Complex regional Pain Syndrome or Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy are painful syndromes. This block, a SGB, diagnoses and treats these painful conditions of the upper extremities. A stellate ganglion block is a block that is performed under fluoroscopy to determine if there is damage to the sympathetic nerve and if it is causing the patients sympathetically medicated arm, shoulder, neck pain. It takes about 10-15 minutes for the procedure to be completed. Dr. Ring inserts a needle near the transverse process of the cervical spine and injects a local anesthetic. After the procedure, the patient may notice increased warmth and redness of the painful arm during and after the injection. The patient may experience hoarseness of their voice, redness of the eye and drooping of the eyelid. Pain relief may be noted immediately. This treatment may be repeated 1 to 2 weeks apart in a series of six.

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