Stellate Ganglion Block

Stellate ganglion block is a procedure performed to decrease pain and increase the blood supply caused by complex regional pain syndrome, phantom limb pain, and other nerve injuries. Stellate ganglions are groups of nerves in the neck that sense pain from the arms and face. The block is an injection of a numbing medicine and sometimes a steroid medication into this ganglion group. The pain relief affects one side of the head and neck, the upper arm, and the upper chest on the same side of the body. It is performed by pain specialists. In the outpatient procedure, patients are positioned on an x-ray table on their back. A small intravenous (IV) line is started in one hand, and then the doctor numbs a small area of skin using x-ray guidance. Contrast (dye) is utilized to confirm proper needle positioning at the site of the stellate ganglion. After a 30-minute recovery period the patient may be discharged. Patients should be accompanied by someone at discharge and limit their activity the day of the procedure.


Treating pain and freeing the body of its effects requires comprehensive medical management. The physicians and staff of the UAB Medicine Pain Treatment Clinic offer the latest in pain management techniques, backed by the innovation, knowledge, and research of one of the country’s largest academic medical centers.

We recognize that relief from pain is just the first step in longer-term treatment. The multidisciplinary team combines clinical care with image-guided interventions, physical therapy, psychological assistance, medication, and ongoing consults with your primary care physicians.

At our clinic, the needs of each patient are addressed in an individualized manner, and the treatment program is carefully tailored to provide the best possible outcome. We are located at convenient UAB Hospital-Highlands, where access is easy and parking is free.



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