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SGB Treatment For PTSD

Ketamine Health Centers

Ketamine Infusion Clinic & Board Certified Psychiatrists located in Coral Gables, FL & West Palm Beach, FL

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!

SGB Treatment Information

 

FACTS:

  • More than 78.6% success rates in patients compared to traditional methods
  • Reset Fight or Flight Response: The SGB treatment resets the brain to pre-traumatic levels and results can occur within 30 minutes post-treatment. 
  • By addressing PTSD symptoms, benefits may include: improved quality of life, better sleeping habits, decreased alcohol use, improved cognitive function, healthier relationships and more!
  • Reset Fight or Flight Response: The SGB treatment resets the brain to pre-traumatic levels and results can occur within 30 minutes post-treatment. 

FAQ:

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!

Where in the body is the procedure performed?

The Stellate Ganglion Block is performed in the anterior region of the neck.

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-Treatmentt 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.

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. 

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.   

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. 

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. 

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.

 

 


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