Stellate Ganglion Block

A Stellate Ganglion Block is a procedure to inject a local anesthetic medication in your neck in an attempt to relieve your arm and/or hand pain.

What to expect after this procedure:

  • Some soreness and /or bruising at the injection site for 2-3 days.
  • Temporary pain relief in your arm or hand.
  • Some patients notice that the temperature of their hand is warmer and the color of the palm is pinker for a period of time following this injection.
  • Some patients experience temporary drooping of the eyelid and mouth, nasal stuffiness, and hoarseness or a lump in the throat for as long as the local anesthetic lasts. These symptoms subside as the local anesthetic wears off.

Comfort measures:

  • Use warm, moist heat or ice packs for soreness at the injection sites.
  • Take over-the-counter medications for soreness.
  • Use medication prescribed by your physician.
  • Prescription sent home with you today:


  • You may resume previous level of activity today as tolerated.


  • As soon as you feel up to it, you may drink a few sips of water. If you have no trouble, you may progress to thicker liquids and solid food. If you have difficulty swallowing, wait and try again in an hour or so. This difficulty will resolve on its own.

Notify your physician if you experience:

  • Sign of infection such as fever above 100 degrees, chills, redness, swelling or drainage at the site of the injection.
  • Heaviness or loss of motor control of your arm.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Raised bruise at the site of injection on your neck.

Additional Instruction

Please feel free to contact your physician by calling us Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. or Friday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at (563) 421-3555 if you have any questions regarding your care. Please leave a phone mail message after hours or on weekends.

Important Note: We are available for medication refill phone calls only during normal business hours Monday - Friday. Should you require emergency care, call your referring physician or come to the Genesis Emergency Room.

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