Stellate Ganglion Block

Revitalize Your Senses: Stellate Ganglion Block – A Breakthrough in Long COVID Recovery

Rediscover the joy of your senses with our Stellate Ganglion Block treatment at the Long COVID Treatment Clinic. This innovative procedure is a beacon of hope for those struggling with persistent symptoms of Long COVID, especially the loss of smell and taste. Our expert team uses this advanced technique to gently numb specific nerves in your neck, aiming to reset and rejuvenate your sensory pathways. This non-invasive treatment is a part of our comprehensive approach, designed to bring back the pleasures of everyday sensations that Long COVID has dimmed. Embrace this opportunity to enhance your recovery journey and step towards a more vibrant, sensory-rich life. Join us at the Long COVID Treatment Clinic, where your well-being is our priority, and new beginnings are possible.

Is SGB right for you?

In the context of Long COVID recovery, Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB) could be a potential treatment option for certain patients, particularly those experiencing specific symptoms. Here are some considerations for determining if someone with Long COVID might be a good candidate for SGB:

  1. Persistent Sensory Symptoms: If a Long COVID patient is experiencing persistent issues with their senses, such as loss of smell or taste, SGB might be considered as a treatment option. This is because SGB can help in rejuvenating sensory pathways.

  2. Chronic Pain: For Long COVID patients dealing with chronic pain, especially in the head, neck, or upper chest, SGB might provide relief by blocking pain signals.

  3. Neuropathic Pain: If the pain experienced is neuropathic in nature, which can be a symptom in some Long COVID cases, SGB might be effective in providing relief.

  4. Circulatory Issues: Long COVID patients with circulatory problems might benefit from SGB, as it can improve blood flow in certain areas.

  5. Individual Health Assessment: As with any medical treatment, it’s important for Long COVID patients to undergo a thorough health assessment by a healthcare provider to determine if SGB is appropriate for their specific symptoms and overall health condition.

  6. Monitoring and Follow-Up: Patients receiving SGB for Long COVID symptoms should be closely monitored, and follow-up treatments may be necessary depending on the individual’s response to the initial treatment.

  7. Supportive Therapies: Combining SGB with other supportive therapies, such as physical therapy or counseling, might enhance recovery from Long COVID symptoms.

  8. Mental Health Considerations: Given that Long COVID can have psychological impacts, such as anxiety or depression, SGB might be considered in conjunction with mental health support for comprehensive treatment.

SGB is a medical procedure involving the injection of anesthetic medication into the stellate ganglion, a collection of nerves in the neck. It’s primarily used for pain relief and to improve circulation.

SGB may be beneficial for Long COVID patients experiencing chronic pain, sensory loss (like smell or taste), or circulatory issues. It’s thought to help by blocking pain signals and rejuvenating sensory pathways.

  • SGB is not the most common treatment for Long COVID, as it’s typically used for specific symptoms like chronic pain or sensory loss. Its application for Long COVID is an area of ongoing research.
  • Ideal candidates are those with Long COVID who suffer from symptoms like chronic pain, sensory loss, or circulatory issues, and have not found relief through conventional treatments.
  • The procedure involves lying on your back while a provider uses ultrasound or fluoroscopic imaging guidance to inject an anesthetic into the neck near the stellate ganglion.
  • Yes, like all medical procedures, SGB carries risks, including bruising or soreness at the injection site, drooping eyelids, red or watery eyes, nasal stuffiness, hoarse voice, difficulty swallowing, and in rare cases, more serious complications.
  • The effectiveness varies. Some patients report immediate relief, while others require multiple sessions. The procedure’s efficacy for Long COVID specifically is still being evaluated.
  • This varies depending on individual response. Some may need only a couple of injections, while others might require more.
  • Yes, it’s often combined with other treatments like physical therapy or counseling for a more holistic approach to Long COVID recovery.
  • Coverage varies by insurance provider and policy. It’s important to check with your insurance company for specifics regarding coverage for SGB in the context of Long COVID.
  • The duration of pain relief varies from person to person. Some may experience relief for days or weeks, while others might have longer-lasting effects.
  • While primarily used for physical symptoms, there’s some evidence suggesting SGB could help with mental health conditions like PTSD, which could be relevant for Long COVID patients experiencing similar symptoms.
  • If you experience any new symptoms or complications post-procedure, it’s crucial to contact your healthcare provider immediately.
  • Seeking a referral from your primary care provider or a Long COVID clinic is a good starting point. Ensure the provider has experience with SGB in the context of Long COVID.
  • Most patients can resume normal activities shortly after the procedure. You may need to be monitored for a short time immediately post-procedure for any immediate side effects.