Stellate Ganglion Block
The sympathetic nervous system (SNS) directly controls involuntary human homeostatic activities and has a major role in neuropathic, vascular and visceral pain. Sympathetically maintained pain occurs in a variety of vascular pathologies such as occlusive arterial diseases, diabetes mellitus or venous ulceration and neuropathic conditions such as complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), postherpetic neuralgia and after peripheral nerve lesions.
Sympathetic blocks in the cervical and upper thoracic region are commonly used techniques for a variety of diagnostic, therapeutic and prognostic purposes. Stellate ganglion block is the common nomenclature utilized, however, stellate ganglion is present in only 80% of the population, thus, either lower cervical sympathetic block or upper thoracic sympathetic block is an appropriate term.
At Pain Spa Dr Krishna is very experienced in interventional treatments. Dr Krishna always performs stellate ganglion block under ultrasound guidance for greater accuracy and improved safety. Ultrasound provides the added advantage of visualizing the surrounding structures including muscles, nerves and blood vessels.