Preoperative Stellate Ganglion Block for Perioperative Pain in Lateralized Head and Neck Cancer: Preliminary Results

Daniel Sharbel, Paramvir Singh, Daniel Blumenthal, James Sullivan, Anterpreet Dua, W. Greer Albergotti, Michael Groves, J. Kenneth Byrd

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Patients with head and neck cancer represent a vulnerable population at particular risk of opioid dependence due to frequent histories of substance abuse, requirement of extensive surgery, and the synergistic toxicity of multimodal therapy. Regional anesthetic techniques have been used by other surgical disciplines to facilitate early recovery after surgery and decrease postoperative patient narcotic requirements. This pilot study investigates the efficacy of a preoperative regional analgesia using stellate ganglion block in lateralized head and neck cancer surgery. From our early results, stellate ganglion blockade may hold promise as an effective preoperative intervention for controlling early postoperative pain, lessening narcotic requirements, and improving quality of life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-90
Number of pages4
JournalOtolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (United States)
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020



  • Brief Pain Inventory
  • head and neck cancer
  • morphine equivalent
  • perioperative pain
  • regional block
  • stellate ganglion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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