Stellate Ganglion Block
This procedure is performed on patients who have reflex sympathetic dystrophy of the upper limb. You will have an IV started and be placed face up on the procedure table. Then live X-ray will be used to identify the area of interest and a needle gently advanced to the targeted area. Finally, local anesthetic will be injected around the nerves. We will assess temperature differences both before and after the procedure. A positive temperature change indicates a good result.
Often patients need a series of these injections to achieve lasting results. As mentioned previously, early and aggressive intervention is key to preventing lasting disability from this condition.