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Sympathetic chain blocks

This treatment is an option for patients who are diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome or specific types of cancer-related pain. This procedure targets the sympathetic nervous system, which is a system of nerves that controls many bodily functions and contributes to pain for some patients. By placing local anesthetic (numbing medication) and steroid medication near these nerves through a needle, many patients receive significant pain relief.

Specific sympathetic chain blocks commonly performed:

  • Celiac plexus block
  • Ganglion impar block
  • Lumbar sympathetic block
  • Sphenopalatine ganglion block
  • Stellate ganglion block
  • Superior hypogastric block

For a brief educational video, click the link below:

https://www.spine-health.com/video/lumbar-sympathetic-block-video

The link to this video is for educational purposes only. See disclaimer.

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