Stellate Ganglion Block is a block that is performed under fluoroscopy to determine if there is damage to the sympathetic nerve chain and if it is the source of the patient’s arm pain.
This is primarily a diagnostic block but it may provide pain relief in excess of the duration of the anesthetic. During the procedure a local skin anesthetic is given near the base of the neck on the affected side. The physician may use x-ray to guide the needle placement. A corticosteroid and a local anesthetic medication will be administered. After the procedure a bandage will be placed over the injection site. You will be provided with discharge instructions.