Your provider might recommend a celiac plexus block if you are suffering from abdominal pain. Not to be confused with a gluten-free diet, the celiac plexus is a network of nerves located on your spine near the aorta artery. These nerves supply feeling and function to many vital organs, such as the stomach or pancreas.
Much like other blocks, the celiac plexus block is a simple procedure that can be used diagnostically or to treat pain. When receiving this procedure, you will lay on your stomach as the doctor positions the needle in your back, using x-rays to position the needle correctly. Once situated, the doctor will inject only anesthetic if the procedure is diagnostic. Otherwise, they will inject other pain medications, such as a steroid. After the procedure is finished, you will be kept for observation for around 30 minutes. It is recommended that you have a ride to and from the appointment.
The celiac plexus block is a safe procedure with low risk for complications, which include bleeding, infection, and nerve damage. If you are on blood thinners, immunosuppressed, have an active infection, or are pregnant, consult your doctor when discussing this procedure.
If you are suffering from pain, come to us for help. One of our double board-certified pain management specialists can help determine if a celiac plexus block is right for you and get you on the path to a pain-free life. Contact us today!
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