Stellate Ganglion Block

Stellate Ganglion Block Injections are advanced nonsurgical pain relief treatments performed by the region’s leading pain management experts at Nassau Anesthesia Associates, P.C., a medical group affiliated with Winthrop-University Hospital on Long Island, NY.  The treatment is used to manage or eliminate some types of pain in the face, head, neck, arms, and chest.

In addition to providing anesthesia care for patients before, during, and after surgery, Nassau Anesthesia Associates has anesthesiologists with advanced training in the field of pain management. We utilize the most advanced nonsurgical techniques for treating acute and chronic pain that hasn’t responded to more conservative treatments.

Stellate Ganglion Block Treatment

A stellate ganglion block is an injection of local anesthetic into the sympathetic nerve tissue in the neck. The nerves are located on both sides of the voice box and are part of the sympathetic nervous system. Stellate ganglion injections block the nerves that run to the arms and sometimes the nerves leading to the face.

Stellate ganglion blocks can be used repeatedly over time to help with pain management, but can also be used as a diagnostic tool to determine the underlying cause of the pain. Your doctor may decide to follow up with corrective surgery, depending on the condition causing the symptoms.

Conditions Treated with Stellate Ganglion Blocks

The pain management treatment is used to diagnose and/or treat different types of pain in the face, head, neck, arms, and chest, such as:

Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
Sympathetic maintained pain
Complex regional pain syndrome
Excessive sweating in the face, head, arms, and hands
Causalgia or nerve injury
Herpes zoster (shingles)
Intractable angina
Circulation problems caused by Raynaud’s phenomena or CREST syndrome, both which are limited scleroderma conditions

Benefits of Stellate Ganglion Block Injections

  • Reduced pain

  • Decreased swelling

  • Improved mobility in the upper extremities

  • Improvements in color

  • Decreased sweating

Meet our Elite Team of Anesthesiologists and Pain Management Specialists

The highly skilled anesthesiologists at Nassau Anesthesia Associates, P.C. have several additional years of anesthesia specialty training such as cardiac, pediatric, or intensive care medicine.

Our affiliation with renowned Winthrop-University Hospital provides our patients with complete access to Winthrop’s vast resources including physicians and state-of-the-art operating rooms and facilities.

The Winthrop-University Hospital Advantage

Nassau Anesthesia Associates’ affiliation with renowned Winthrop-University Hospital provides our patients with complete access to Winthrop’s vast resources including physicians and state-of-the-art operating rooms and facilities.