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After the gasserian ganglion block has been performed, we will continue to monitor you for approximately thirty minutes. If there are no signs of problems, you will be ready to leave. We will provide your physician with a written record of the procedure, and will keep him/her informed of your progress during the entire course of treatment. You will be provided with a set of postprocedure instructions to help guide you following the procedure.
If you have any questions after your procedure, the medical staff of the Pain Management Center is on call twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. During normal business hours, you can reach either the nurse or the physician by calling 650-723-6238.
For after hours, the on-call physician can be reached by calling the Stanford Hospital page operator at 650-723-6661.
Use Tylenol®, ice and apply to the facial region for several hours following the procedure. Try to keep your head elevated for several hours until you are sure that no significant swelling will occur. Non-steroidal medication, such as aspirin and Motrin®, is not recommended for the first twenty-four hours because this may increase swelling.
Please call the Pain Clinic at 650-723-6238 to report your total duration of pain relief tomorrow. If you do not have a follow up appointment, or a specific plan, then you need to discuss this with the pain management physician who has been taking care of you.