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Break Free from PTSD

A revolutionary PTSD Treatment option

Get Long-lasting relief from PTSD with the Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB)

The Stellate Ganglion Block

The Stellate Ganglion Block Injection is a local anesthetic injection that will be administered into the stellate ganglion, which is a group of nerve cells within the neck that are found to play an essential role in regulating a person’s ‘fight or flight’ mechanism. It is becoming an increasingly popular and successful treatment option, as the risk factors are minimal and there are no major side-effects. Read our faq’s for more information!

Despite your PTSD cause, the SGB injection may be able to help you gain control over your life again. If you have any questions regarding the SGB injection for post-traumatic stress disorder, please reach out to our helpful team today for assistance.

Reviews from Our Patients

Here’s what our patients have said about us!

steven raimondi
steven raimondi
@stevenraimondi
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After receiving the injection I can honestly say my life has changed direction completely for the better. My sleep has improved by 100% from 2 to 3 hours to a full 6 hours uninterrupted. My anxiety is the lowest it has ever been in my life. So far over a week since I received the injection I have had zero combat related nightmares and intrusive thoughts have also gone down, I'm genuinely happy. I have not felt this way since before combat and words cant explain the pressure lifted off my shoulders. As for the staff they are nothing short of amazing, profession, kind, words cant express what they do for people. They truly are saving lives and I acant thank them enough. Sgt. Steven Raimondi USMC
pat thomas
pat thomas
@patthomas
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These guys know their stuff. The office was clean, the personnel very friendly and professional. The Doctors knew what they were doing and the people doing the procedure 100% spot on. I will defiantly be tell everyone about how great these guys were and how beneficial the procedure is! its been a total life saver...literally...
lane woods
lane woods
@lanewoods
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Its been a couple of weeks and I have never felt more alive. I want to thank the PTSD Group for giving me back my joy and happiness again. I no longer have the major anxiety I had before and I'm able to be feel the freedom I once had. Continue to help and change lives of others you guys are truly a blessing...
j k
j k
@jk
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Thank You so much for this opportunity. I am 46 years old and for the first time in my life I can really LIVE! I have absolutely no anxiety, compulsiveness, angry outbursts, and I am truly HAPPY. Although It would’ve been nice to know about this sooner in life, I am so very appreciative to have the experience. Thank you so very much!!
Kelly Richardson
Kelly Richardson
@KellyRichardson
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Thank you PTSD group for changing my life, I just wish I found you guys years ago.I am so greatful for the whole process. I still can’t believe just one simple injection had so much positive effect in my life. I came in, got a injection and my life in less than 4 minutes went back to feeling back to where I was 12 years ago. I can’t even explain how great I feel about myself. It’s still feels like I’m living in a dream. I’m now living in the present and not the past. My kids are so happy to have the old mom back and my husband says he got the love of his life back. I am now 6 months PTSD free!! Dr Jesse is an amazing doctor and I can’t thank him and his team enough.
J M
J M@JM
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The doctors at the PTSD Group have carefully and thoughtfully designed the SGB experience to treat patients with the highest quality care in a calming and peaceful environment. After I had the SGB treatment, my mind was set free. I was able to laugh and smile again. Thank you for using your expertise to help people thrive in their lives!
J M
J M
@JM
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The doctors at the PTSD Group have carefully and thoughtfully designed the SGB experience to treat patients with the highest quality care in a calming and peaceful environment. After I had the SGB treatment, my mind was set free. I was able to laugh and smile again. Thank you for using your expertise to help people thrive in their lives!
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What is PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a debilitating mental health condition that is triggered by a distressing event. It is common for people to struggle with a variety of overwhelming symptoms of PTSD, which can prevent them from embarking on everyday activities and could potentially damage relationships with their loved ones.

Some people with PTSD can also adopt unhealthy coping mechanisms, as they might be unsure how to manage their emotions and negative thoughts, and they might be ashamed to seek help for the disorder.

Even though the SGB injection will not help people forget any memories associated with their traumatic experience, it can help to live a calmer, less anxious lifestyle, so they can improve the way they respond to their thoughts and to other forms of PTSD therapy.

Benefits of the
Stellate Ganglion Block for PTSD
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Quick Results

The results of the SGB typically occur within 30 minutes of the injection. Patients normally feel almost immediate relief from anxiety as the medication blocks the signals from the fight of flight mechanism that is normally in overdrive due to PTSD.

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High Success Rate

Approximately 80-90%, whereas conventional treatment only has a 20-30% success rate. It generally works by resetting the fight or flight mechanism to normal levels, which can help to eliminate various symptoms associated with the disorder

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Long Lasting

The SGB can provide relief from PTSD symptoms for several months or even years. The resetting of the fight or flight system is what allows the effects to last longer than the time that the medication is active in the body.

Step 1

FILL OUT THE
PTSD QUESTIONNAIRE

The PCL questionnaire stands for ‘Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Checklist’ and is a standardized self-report quiz that assesses the symptoms of PTSD. 

Click below to start with your free evaluation.

This allows us to determine the severity of your PTSD and the symptoms you suffer from most. We will contact you to let you know if you are a candidate for the SGB procedure.

ABOUT
PTSD GROUP

A “Miracle” Injection: Stellate Ganglion Block for PTSD

PTSD group is a collaboration between a double board-certified pain management/ physical medicine and rehabilitation physician Dr. Hatgis and a board-certified emergency room physician Dr. Lucas to perform the Stellate Ganglion Block Injection for those who suffer from PTSD.

Our SGB Doctors have a strong desire to help those affected by PTSD return to their normal, pre-traumatic lives and provide a more effective, quick, and long-lasting treatment to those suffering from the symptoms.

With many friends and family members affected by PTSD, we have witnessed first-hand the powerful impacts of PTSD on one’s life. We feel a true calling to help those suffering from this debilitating condition.

Stats you should know...

On average, 1 in 6 women has been a victim of a sexual assault. While the likelihood that the average American man has experienced attempted or completed rape is 1 in 33, women are twice as likely to suffer from a sexual abuse attempt.

According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, approximately 20 veterans will commit suicide each day.  It has also been reported that military personnel have experienced PTSD rates of between 11-15% after the war.

Various studies have reported that 19% of the 900,000 sworn police officers in the US are living with PTSD. While other studies have found 34% could be living with common symptoms associated with the mental health disorder.

Frequently Asked Questions

The duration of relief is different for everyone, so it’s hard to say. Depending on the individual, it can be months or even years of relief. The average duration is approximately 6 months.

A successful stellate ganglion block will demonstrate the following signs in the eye on the side of the procedure: 

  • Droopy eyelid
  • Redness of the white portion of the eye
  • Pinpoint pupil
  • Blurry vision
  • Arm and face will be warmer and appear more red
  • There may be less moisture of the skin
  • There may be difficulty swallowing
  • The voice may be hoarse
  • The nostril may become congested.

 All of these effects should disappear within a few hours from the procedure.

  • The patient may experience 
  • localized pain and/or numbness
  • There may be some mild bleeding from the needle insertion site
  • dizziness/lightheadedness
  •  facial flushing
  • non-positional headache
  • The blood pressure may rise. 

Infrequently, a brief episode of loss of consciousness may even occur, which is usually due to an anxiety reaction in which the blood pressure suddenly drops temporarily without any permanent or lasting effects.

The patient may be transported to a recovery room and be re-evaluated. Certain feelings may be normal or common; however, it is important for the physician and staff to know what is happening in the event that something wrong has occurred or is actively occurring. Once the patient is deemed stable, he/she is discharged. The patient should inform the physician or the staff of any questions or concerns.

The SGB injection will not help people to forget any memories associated with their traumatic experience. Instead, it could help a person to live a calmer, less anxious lifestyle, so they can change the way they react to their thoughts and could improve how they respond to other forms of PTSD therapy.

The SGB is injected above the collar bone in the front of the neck, usually on the right side. From the stellate ganglion, the signal travels to the brain’s right-sided hippocampus and amygdala, among several other structures.

The procedure is low-risk and carried out with fluoroscopy for complete precision.

Unfortunately, the Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB) for PTSD is not yet covered by health insurance. If you are interested in the SGB, please call our office at (305) 459-3300 and we will be happy to answer all of your questions regarding the cost of the injection.

FILL OUT THE
PTSD QUESTIONNAIRE

The PCL questionnaire stands for ‘Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Checklist’ and is a standardized self-report quiz that assesses the symptoms of PTSD. 

Click below to start with your free evaluation.

This allows us to determine the severity of your PTSD and the symptoms you suffer from most. We will contact you to let you know if you are a candidate for the SGB procedure.

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