Research has shown that the Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB) treatment is an effective and minimally invasive treatment for eliminating many PTSD symptoms
SGB Treatment For PTSD
Research has shown that the Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB) treatment is an effective and minimally invasive treatment for eliminating many PTSD symptoms. Patients suffering from PTSD have shown to have elevated fight or flight responses and by using a Stellate Ganglion Block on the nerves involved in mediating these responses, the brain can be reset to pre-traumatic levels.
Results and relief have been seen within 30 minutes of the procedure and can last from a few months to years. Results vary per patient, but with minimal risks and no major side effects, this treatment helps patients regain control of their life!
Facts About SGB For Treating PTSD
Higher Success Rates
More than 78.6% success rates in patients compared to traditional methods.
By addressing PTSD symptoms, benefits may include: improved quality of life, better sleeping habits, decreased alcohol use, improved cognitive function, healthier relationships and more!
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does the procedure take?
The entire office visit can take from an hour to an hour and a half. The actual minimally-invasive procedure is only a fraction of that time!
Is the SGB Treatment painful?
Often times, only local anesthesia is required for this procedure to reduce the sensation of the treatment needle. Conscious sedation may be available, but requires extensive pre and post procedure preparation and monitoring due to the effects of the anesthesia.
Why is the SGB treatment superior to traditional treatments?
Traditional methods do not address the underlying causes of PTSD, they simply mask the symptoms by releasing the molecules missing in the body. This release is supplemental and does not address the reasons why these molecules are insufficient in the first place. The SGB treatment works to reset the fight or flight system in the body to help restore function.
Where in the body is the procedure performed?
The Stellate Ganglion Block is performed in the anterior region of the neck.
Will I feel numb to my emotions after the procedure?
No, this treatment works to reset your fight or flight system back to pre-traumatic levels, meaning you should feel balanced once again.
What are the risks and side-effects of the procedure?
Procedure risks are extremely low and complications are rare. Often, patients report a temporary hoarse voice or sensation of something in the back of throat may persist for a few hours post treatment. Additional complications include: allergic reactions, hematoma formation, possible headaches, stroke, seizure, and difficulty swallowing.
Post-Treatment side-effects include: localized pain or numbness, dizziness, lightheadedness, facial flushing, increased blood pressure. Successful treatment side-effects include signs on the injection side, like blurry vision. Any feelings should be reported to the Ketamine Health Centers staff for appropriate monitoring.
Will I have to stop my medications?
This is a question for your prescribing physician. Feel free to contact us to discuss any specifics.
How long do the effects last for?
Studies have shown that results vary per patient and may last from a few months to a few years! On average, patients feel relief for 6 months.
What are the medical conditions that exclude me from having this treatment?
Those with an active infection or cancer near or on the treatment site.
Will I only require more than one treatment?
SGB is not a cure for PTSD, but rather helps relieve the symptoms associated with it. Positive responses indicate benefits from later retreatments.
Does health insurance cover this treatment?
Unfortunately, the SGB treatment for PTSD is not covered by insurance. Please call our office at (305) 856-9442 to discuss your particular situation and answer any questions.
Other Conditions That Benefit From SGB Treatment
- Nicotine dependence
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
- Post-Herpetic Neuralgia
- Hot Flashes
Research On SGB Treatment
Clinical Guidelines for Stellate Ganglion Block to Treat Anxiety Associated With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Stellate Ganglion Block for the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Stellate ganglion block improves refractory post-traumatic stress disorder and associated memory dysfunction: a case report and systematic literature review
Stellate Ganglion Block Used to Treat Symptoms Associated With Combat-Related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Case Series of 166 Patients
Use of Stellate Ganglion Block for Refractory Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Review of Published Cases
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