The celiac plexus is a network of nerves located in the abdomen that controls the sensation of pain and other sensations in the abdomen. For those suffering from chronic abdominal pain, a celiac plexus block can provide significant pain relief.
What is a Celiac Plexus Block?
A celiac plexus block is a minimally invasive procedure that involves injecting a local anesthetic or steroid into the celiac plexus to block the transmission of pain signals. This procedure can provide temporary or even long-term relief from abdominal pain caused by conditions such as pancreatitis, cancer, and abdominal surgery.
Who is a Candidate for a Celiac Plexus Block?
A celiac plexus block may be recommended for individuals who are suffering from chronic abdominal pain and have not received relief from other treatments, such as medication or physical therapy. Your doctor will evaluate your medical history, symptoms, and overall health to determine if a celiac plexus block is appropriate for you.
What to Expect During a Celiac Plexus Block
The procedure for a celiac plexus block is typically performed under imaging guidance, such as X-ray or CT scan, to ensure proper placement of the needle. A local anesthetic or numbing medication is first applied to the skin to minimize discomfort. The needle is then guided to the celiac plexus, where the anesthetic or steroid is injected.
After the procedure, you will be monitored for any side effects and will be able to go home the same day. The pain relief from a celiac plexus block can be immediate, or it may take several days to notice an improvement.
At Las Vegas Spine and Pain, we believe in providing our patients with the latest and most effective treatments for chronic pain. Our team of pain management specialists is highly trained in performing celiac plexus blocks and will work with you to determine if this procedure is right for you.
If you are suffering from chronic abdominal pain and would like to learn more about celiac plexus block treatment, please contact us today to schedule a consultation. We are here to help you find the relief you deserve.