What is a Sympathetic Ganglion Block?

A Sympathetic Ganglion Block is a type of nerve block used to treat severe or chronic pain. A ganglion, the affected bundle of nerves, is injected with anesthetic to halt pain. These nerves help the body react to stress and are responsible for the fight-or-flight response.

A stellate ganglion, part of the sympathetic nervous system, transmits signals to the upper body, including the face, neck, arms and chest area.  A lumbar ganglion, on the other hand, sends signals to parts of the lower body, such as the leg or lower back. Damage to any part of the ganglion nerves can result in pain in one or more of these regions. 

Sympathetic Ganglion Blocks are used to inject medication to numb the nerve and interrupt the pain signals it sends to the brain. They can be used in a diagnostic capacity to determine whether the source of the discomfort is due to damage to the ganglion nerves, as well as to effectively treat pain.

The Sympathetic Ganglion Block Procedure

This procedure takes place in an office and is completed in 30 minutes on average. Usually, a local anesthetic or mild sedative is provided. Recovery time is very short and most patients return to their normal activities very quickly. 

Risks of Sympathetic Ganglion Block

While Sympathetic Ganglion Blocks are common and are considered to be minimally invasive procedures, it should be noted that this procedure does carry a slight risk of complication. These risks may include:

  • Soreness at the injection site
  • Infection
  • Headache
  • Bleeding

After the procedure is completed, pain will be reduced and a small bandage will be applied over the injection spot.

If you suffer from chronic pain, it may be time to explore Sympathetic Ganglion Blocks. At Integrated Pain Solutions we aim to help reduce pain and improve function and overall quality of life.  If you believe that Sympathetic Ganglion Blocks may be something that could help you, please call an IPS provider at 844-939-PAIN (7246).