Stellate Ganglion Block
Treatment for PTSD & Chronic Pain
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.Book Now
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.Book Now
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
- 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
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.
FAQs on SGB
The procedure itself takes less than 20 minutes. However, if a major improvement in the patient’s symptoms hasn’t occurred within 30 minutes of the procedure, a second application is administered.
Our medical staff will be on-site to monitor you during the treatment. Any side effects you experience during your treatment will be addressed immediately.
Many patients only require a single procedure to effectively alleviate their PTSD symptoms. However, two to three procedures spread over several years is common. Our medical providers will work with you to create the best treatment plan based on your individual needs.
In many cases, yes. Patients who have been suffering from the emotional effects of trauma for several years may need further support from their trusted care provider to build on the procedure’s success. If you want to explore reducing any prescribed medications, we strongly advocate that you do this only through consultation with your medication prescriber. If you do not currently have therapeutic support, we recommend that you set this up prior to treatment.
Yes, financing is available. Hudson Medical is committed to making our treatment accessible and affordable to as many patients as possible. We offer several financing programs.
Hudson also offers a discount towards future Stellate Ganglion treatments, if needed. For more information, schedule a call with our Patient Service Representatives to speak about financing options.