Dr. Jesse Hatgis

Dr. Jesse Hatgis

Dr. Hatgis is a highly experienced and renowned double board certified osteopathic pain management/physical medicine and rehabilitation physician. After completing his medical school training at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYCOM), 

Dr. Jesse Hatgis continued his education and completed several post-graduate training programs, including a traditional rotating internship, a physical medicine and rehabilitation/physiatry residency, and a pain medicine fellowship at Larkin Community Hospital/Nova Southeastern University. 

He is also a highly involved member of the American Osteopathic College of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AOCPMR) and has authored numerous journal articles and publications in pain management. Dr. Hatgis is licensed to practice medicine in the states of Florida and Arizona.

Dr. Hatgis is exceptionally skilled in performing advanced minimally invasive spinal procedures. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, Dr. Hatgis believes in a whole body approach in treating painful and/or debilitating conditions like PTSD.

Dr. Hatgis’ role in PTSD Group is to perform the stellate ganglion block procedure, which is a fast and effective treatment option for those suffering from PTSD.

Dr. Edward Lucas

Dr. Edward Lucas

Is a highly knowledgeable Board Certified Emergency Room Physician who is trained in anesthesia and pain management. Dr. Lucas graduated with a Medical Doctorates Degree from the University of Puerto Rico in 1981. He has over 35 years experience in the field of emergency medicine.

Dr. Lucas currently practices as an emergency room physician in Florida and also serves as the medical director for several medical facilities. With quality care as Dr. Lucas’ priority, he aims to help those who suffer from PTSD.

Dr. Lucas’ role in PTSD Group is to provide anesthesia services during the stellate ganglion block procedure.


PTSD doctors can help you to overcome symptoms of nerve and circulation problems, as well as mental illnesses and conditions including post traumatic stress disorder. While the Stellate Ganglion Block is a relatively new PTSD injection treatment, there have been many trials and experiments to show its effectiveness for conditions such as PTSD. If you want to trial the effects of the SGB, it is important that you are able to find a professional with the right expertise, as well as knowing what the treatment will involve, as detailed below.

What is SGB?

The SGB, or Stellate Ganglion Block, is a treatment that uses local anesthetic. SGB needles are guided into the nerves at the base of the neck using x-ray imaging, where the anesthetic is then inserted into the nerves in question. This procedure was first discovered in 1925 and can be used to treat severe forms of pain around the body, and is usually used when other forms of treatment have failed the patient.

The SGB Injection to Treat PTSD & More

Stellate Ganglion Block was originally used to treat a number of physical issues, such as pain in the head, neck and upper body. This could help to treat conditions such as a phantom limb, and regional pain syndromes that all occur within the nerves. This treatment could not cure but could relieve symptoms, such as pain, for an extended period of time.

Then, the SGB started to be used to treat mental conditions such as depression, as well as physical health conditions in the 1940s. This has since been extended to treat conditions such as PTSD for veterans and those with previous trauma, as the SGB manages to dull the heightened ‘fight or flight reflex’ that is common in those experiencing PTSD. 

Although the SGB remains a good treatment for the relief of the physical symptoms (such as hand-sweating) of PTSD, it is not a cure, and multiple treatments may have to be made since the effects last for a couple of months at a time only.

The SGB Shot Process

Firstly, you should find an SGB clinic that specializes in the treatment and other forms of alternative treatment. You may want to discuss your treatment with your local doctor beforehand, however, to see how this will align with the other forms of treatment that you are receiving. The PTSD doctor near you will discuss the treatment with you and the effects that it may have on your symptoms.

The SGB injection for PTSD will usually take less than half an hour as it is a routine procedure, but you will have to be monitored afterward before returning home. After this PTSD new injection treatment, you will be asked to refrain from physical activity for 24 hours, and you may have to sip water before returning to your usual eating habits gradually. You may have to return for more than one session to feel the effects. 

Doctors that Treat with the SGB

At PTSD Group, we have a highly experienced PTSD doctor who is trained to administer the stellate ganglion block for anxiety and PTSD. Dr. Jesse Hatgis is a double board-certified osteopathic pain management/physical medicine and rehabilitation physician. 

Prior to scheduling your appointment, Dr. Hatgis will review your questionnaires and determine whether the SGB injection is a good treatment option for you. 

Want to know if the SGB is right for you?

Click here to fill out the PCL Questionnaire.

Get in touch with us!

If you or a loved one are suffering from PTSD/PTSI, please contact our office to schedule your initial consultation over the phone. After filling out this form, you will automatically be redirected to our Questionnaire form.

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