Neck pain in the frontal region and chest may be a sign of inflammation of the group of stellate ganglion nerves that are located on both sides of the larynx. At Central Florida Pain Management, we offer stellate ganglion block procedures for residents of central Florida, including the cities of Ocala and The Villages, who are suffering from chronic pain in the front part of the neck and shoulders.
What is a Stellate Ganglion Block?
A stellate ganglion block is an injection of medication that helps with chronic pain and inflammation around the group of nerves in the front of the neck. Symptoms of inflammation around the nerves are chronic pain in the:
- Upper arms
- Upper torso
What Are the Benefits of a Stellate Ganglion Block?
The primary benefit of a stellate ganglion block is to reduce or eliminate the chronic pain that is caused by inflammation around the small nerves in the front of your neck. The procedure does not require surgery, and only local anesthesia is used for the injection.
What Are the Known Stellate Ganglion Block Complications?
Stellate ganglion block side effects are rare, but any type of invasive procedure carries risks. Possible stellate ganglion block complications are:
- Adverse reaction to the medication
- Bleeding, tenderness and bruising at the injection site
- No reduction in pain or worsening of symptoms
You can reduce the risk of stellate ganglion block complications by entrusting the procedure to Melissa Alvarez-Perez, M.D., of Central Florida Pain Management.
How is a Stellate Ganglion Block Performed?
We use fluoroscopy to guide the placement of the needle that is used to inject the medications into the tissues around the nerves in your neck. We may give you a sedative before the procedure to help you relax and remain still. Local anesthesia is administered to numb the area. You may feel a small amount of pressure and stinging.
What is Recovery Like After a Stellate Ganglion Block?
There is no downtime or recovery after a stellate ganglion block. You may have some degree of pain relief immediately after the procedure, but the full effects can take two to three weeks.
What is the Prognosis After a Stellate Ganglion Block?
The prognosis after a stellate ganglion block is fairly good for most patients. In some cases, the pain does return. Should you experience discomfort after your first stellate ganglion block, we can administer a second injection or recommend alternative therapies.
Central Florida Pain Management specializes in stellate ganglion block procedures for residents of Ocala, The Villages, and other areas in central Florida. Contact us to schedule a consultation with Melissa Alvarez-Perez, M.D.