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Stellate Ganglion Block

Treatment for PTSD & Chronic Pain

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Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB)

A stellate ganglion block (SGB) injection is a local anesthetic injection and minimally invasive procedure used to treat a wide range of conditions, including pain, hot flashes, and sleep disturbances. Recent evidence shows that SGB injections may also treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) when other treatments have failed to reduce symptoms.

Hudson Medical has extensive experience in SGB treatment for PTSD and chronic pain management. Schedule a consultation with us today to learn more.

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What Is SGB Treatment?

SGB treatment targets a group of nerve cells inside the neck known as the stellate ganglion. The stellate ganglion is part of the sympathetic nervous system and plays an essential role in a person’s “fight or flight” response during potentially threatening situations.

SGB has been used for several years to reduce pain in the head, face, chest, neck, and arms. It may also improve circulation in the upper part of the body and decrease excess sweating and hot flashes. During SGB treatment, we use X-ray and ultrasound to carefully guide a needle into the Stellate Ganglion at the base of your neck. We then inject a local anesthetic agent into the nerve tissue, similar to how a dentist may numb your gums before dental surgery. The anesthetic usually wears off after a few hours, though the effects of SGB treatment often last for several weeks or months.

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Is SGB Covered Under Insurance?

SGB treatment used for PTSD is not yet covered by insurance. This treatment for PTSD is an out-of-pocket expense at Hudson Medical.

SGB treatment used for pain management is covered by some insurance, depending on individual policies.

Please give our office a call for more information on this treatment, pricing, or insurance coverage.

(646) 596-7386

Possible Side Effects

The most common side effects related to the procedure are:

- Drooping eyelids (Horner's Syndrome)
- Red or “bloodshot” eyes
- Tearing
- Nasal stuffiness
- Hoarse voice
- Feeling of a “lump” in your throat
- Difficulty swallowing
- Warmth or tingling in your arm or hand

These side effects can last up to 8 hours after your procedure. SGB injection is done under light sedation for the patient's comfort and the side effects usually subside after the anesthetic wears off.

How Effective is SGB?

Although no medical procedure is guaranteed to work for all people, 83% of Stella's patients report significant improvements in their PTSD symptoms.

According to the US Department of Veteran Affairs guidelines, a successful outcome in alleviating PTSD symptoms is defined as a 10 or more point drop in the DSM-V PCL questionnaire, a questionnaire conducted by Stella Center. In a sample of 327 Stella patients treated between December 2016 and February 2020, 83% experienced a 10 or more point drop. The average point drop in Stella's patients was 28.9.

SGB Data Report
*Data as of July 2021

Proud Partner of Stella Center

Hudson Medical is proud to partner with Dr. Eugene Lipov, the Chief Medical Officer of Stella Center, to provide relief to millions of mental trauma sufferers through the SGB treatment. Dr. Lipov has pioneered SGB for the treatment of post-traumatic stress.

Founded in May 2020, Stella is expanding from Chicago to clinics in cities across the nation. Stella Center is dedicated to healing America from PTSD and helping patients recover.

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