Patients might find soreness and pain at the injection site, which is temporary and can be relieved by applying ice or anti-inflammatories. In some cases, an infection may occur at the injection site.
Sympathetic nerve blocks injections do pose a risk for bleeding. Patients who are taking blood-thinning medications, such as aspirin and warfarin should notify their physician before the procedure.
If the nerve block was done in the upper part of the body, patients might experience difficulty in swallowing and voice changes, thus increasing the risk for aspiration. Exercise caution when sipping liquids and avoid biting large chunks of food.
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