How It Works
What SGB Does
Mental trauma often results in debilitating symptoms that can originate from the sympathetic nervous system’s fight or flight response. When individuals suffer from trauma-related symptoms, oftentimes this fight or flight response is still in “high gear” after the trauma.
The SGB procedure interacts with the sympathetic nervous system to help restore normal psychological function and can address the biological symptoms associated with trauma. The treatment can help support the brain’s natural fight or flight response, and can lead to a restored sense of safety and calm for many patients.
This procedure has been shown to have dramatic positive effects in many patients, and can also help accelerate the positive impact of other therapies.
Using image-guidance techniques such as ultrasound, fluoroscopy, and computed tomography, Dr. Lipov injects a local anesthetic into the “Stellate Ganglion” – a bundle of nerves found near the base of the neck. The entire process is completed in under 20 minutes.
The History of SGB
The Stellate Ganglion Block is not a new procedure – in fact, it has been administered since 1925 to treat various forms of chronic pain in the neck, head, and arms, as well as other conditions.
Dr. Lipov adapted the procedure to aid with trauma symptoms and it has since been recognized as an effective approach by several research studies, including a 2019 landmark, multi-site study funded by the DoD and published in the JAMA Psychiatry Journal that demonstrated its efficacy.
Dr. Lipov and his work have been cited in dozens of academic journals and have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Military Times, The Doctors and 60 Minutes, among many other outlets.
The Patient SGB Experience
Take a free symptom assessment online
Speak with our Patient Care Team to see if SGB may be a good option
Recieve your scheduled procedure during a single day visit
Complete a post-symptom assessment to measure treatment effectiveness.
Maximize benefits by engaging in follow up therapy as needed
Schedule ongoing assessments check-ins designed to maintain your wellness and minimize future trauma related symptoms.