What Is the Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB)?

SGB is an injection of a local anesthetic into the stellate ganglion, a nerve bundle in the neck connected to the fight or flight system, to help people feel calm again in their own bodies.

 

Better sleep

Less jumpy or nervous

Decrease in anxiety, panic attacks and depression

Ability to connect with others again

Better memory and concentration

Intimacy and sexual function improvement

SGB by Stella

The Dual Sympathetic Reset

The Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB) treatment is a widely used procedure shown to provide relief from symptoms like continual sleep disturbance, surges of anxiety and irritability, hypervigilance, difficulties concentrating and jumpiness.

These symptoms are commonly observed in those who are exposed to extreme stress, or traumatic events.

What To Expect

 

How Does SGB by Stella Work?

Stella’s SGB procedure, the Dual Sympathetic Reset, involves two injections by a trained Stella doctor into a group of nerves on one side of the neck.

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Using image-guided techniques, a highly trained Stella doctor does two injections of a local anesthetic into the Stellate Ganglion – a bundle of nerves found near the base of the neck.

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The entire process is completed in under 20 minutes. 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.

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SGB has been shown to have dramatic positive effects in many patients and can also help accelerate the positive impact of other therapies.

Safe

100+ year history with very little risk. Board Certified doctors.

Immediate

Most patients experience relief of symptoms within 1-2 treatments.

Convenient

<20 min outpatient procedure.

Effective

Over 83% success rate in relieving symptoms of PTSD.

SGB Treats the Physical Injury of Trauma

Exposure to high stress or traumatic events 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, the fight or flight response can stay in “high gear” long after the trauma.

The SGB procedure interacts with the sympathetic nervous system to help restore normal biological function and can efficiently address many of the most severe symptoms associated with trauma – usually within one or two clinical visits.

Want To Schedule Your SGB Treatment by Stella?

Call 1-866-497-9248 to schedule your procedure with a member of our Patient Care Team.

Want to Schedule Your SGB Treatment by Stella?

Call 1-866-497-9248 to schedule your procedure with a member of our Patient Care Team.

We Adapted SGB for PTSD

In 2006, Dr. Eugene Lipov, our Chief Medical Officer, pioneered the procedure for use in alleviating PTSD symptoms by reducing amygdala (“fear center”) overactivity. The procedure ‘unsticks’ the brain from the continuous state of fight or flight.

 

Stella vs Traditional SGB

SGB by Stella

The Dual Sympathetic Reset

Traditional SGB

Physician

Board Certified medical doctor

CRNA, naturopathic practitioner, Board Certified medical doctor, etc.

Treatment Methodology

Strict and proven developed by Dr. Lipov – over 80% of Stella patients report relief

Methodology and outcomes vary

Injection Site(s)

C6 and C4 (or C3)

C6

Side of the Neck

Right then left for right side non-responders

Right side only

Sedation

Local plus (optional) Twilight Sedation

Varies

Accessibility

40+ locations nationwide

Single clinic

Financing Plans

6-month, interest-free financing through CareCredit for qualifying patients; HSA and FSA accepted

Typically unavailable

Safety & Emergency Protocol

Created and enforced by Dr. Lipov

Varies based on available clinical leadership

Medical Escalations

Reviewed and advised on by Dr. Lipov and clinical oversight from treating physician

Varies based on available clinical leadership

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What Our Patients Have Experienced

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These insights represent aggregated self-report data gathered from 327 patients treated in 2016– 2019. Stella Center has secured IRB approval and is pursuing a retrospective data analysis for submission to a peer reviewed journal.

Over 83% of Stella Patients who receive one SGB procedure experience lasting relief from their trauma symptoms.

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care@stellacenter.com

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The information contained on this website and the resources available for download through this website are provided for general information only.  This information is not intended to provide professional or medical advice, and should not be relied upon as a substitute for consultations with qualified healthcare professionals who are familiar with your individual condition.

The efficacy of the SGB procedure and the testimonials made on this website have not been confirmed by FDA-approved research.   Although the anesthetic medications used in the SGB procedure have been approved by the FDA for the treatment of various disorders, the FDA has not yet approved such medications for the treatment of PTSD.  Although clinical results to date have been extremely promising, Stella cannot guarantee that the SGB procedure will relieve any or all PTSD symptoms.

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