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Celiac Plexus Block
About the treatment
A celiac plexus block is a minimally invasive injection procedure that is used to treat chronic abdominal pain associated with conditions such as cancer or pancreatitis. Intravenous sedation is optional for this procedure to help relax patients nervous about the injection. Once sedated and taken to the procedure site, the physician will clean and numb the targeted area with a local anesthetic. Once fully numb, fluoroscopic imaging (x-ray) will be used to ensure proper needle placement. The physician will then insert a thin needle into the back, next to the spine. This needle will contain an anesthetic to temporarily relieve the patient’s pain symptoms. A second needle will be introduced to the celiac plexus nerves to inject a contrast dye in order to further confirm the location of the procedure. Once confirmed, your physician will inject pain medication into the affected nerves, destroying them for a long period of time.
After the treatment
Immediately following the procedure, it is common to experience a warm sensation in the abdomen, followed by reduced pain. This is caused by the anesthesia that was injected into the area before the pain medication. The warm sensation will reduce with time as well as some temporary pain relief, as the pain medication injected can take up to 2 weeks to take full effect. Patients should then return to regular diet and medications immediately after celiac plexus block as directed by your Desert Pain Specialists physician. Patients should avoid strenuous activity for up to 24 hours after the procedure. Talk to your Desert Pain Specialists provider today to learn more about celiac plexus blocks for your chronic abdominal pain.