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Celiac Plexus Blocks

What is a Celiac Plexus Block?

Celiac plexus blocks are injections of pain medication that help relieve abdominal pain. The celiac plexus is a bundle of nerves that surrounds the aorta, the main artery into the abdomen. Blocking these nerves from carrying pain information can stop an individual feeling pain in their abdomen.

How is a Celiac Plexus Block Done?

After being given intravenous medication for relaxation,  a person lies on their stomach on an x ray table. Dr. Mohemani numbs the area of skin on the back with local anesthetic, and inserts a thin needle into the back next to the spine and injects anesthetic while being guided by an x-ray.
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A second needle is injected on the other side of the spine, and dye is injected to confirm that the medication is inserted into the correct area.

How Long Does A Celiac Plexus Block Last?

The lasting pain relief of a celiac plexus block varies from person to person. For some, celiac plexus blocks can relieve pain for weeks and for others the pain relief can last years. Most people return to their normal activities after a series of injections. The number of injections required varies from person to person.

What are the Risks of a Celiac Plexus Block?

There can be some slight bruising or soreness at the injection site. Serious complications, including infection, collapsed lung, nerve damage and bleeding, are uncommon. Serious complications, including infection, collapsed lung, nerve damage and bleeding, are uncommon.

What Will Happen Right After the Procedure?

After the procedure, a person will begin to feel less abdominal pain in their abdominal area. Feelings of abdominal wall weakness or leg weakness are normal, and will subside when the anesthesia wears off.

You can continue your regular diet and medications immediately, but do not drive or do any rigorous activity for 24 hours after the procedure. Take it easy. You can return to your normal activities the next day. The nerve block may last several days, but it may last longer with each repeat injection.

Is a Celiac Plexus Block Right For You?

A celiac plexus block may be right for you if you have celiac-plexus-block-procedure-in-dallaschronic abdominal pain — especially pain linked to abdominal cancers — that does not respond to other pain medication. There is a better chance of a block relieving your pain if you have the procedure earlier in your illness.

How Effective is a Celiac Plexus Block?

How long the pain relief lasts is different for each person. For some, celiac plexus blocks can relieve pain for weeks. For others, the relief can last years. Many can return to their normal activities.
Usually people need a series of injections to continue the pain relief. Sometimes it takes only two injections; sometimes it takes more than 10.

What Happens After the Procedure?

A person can return to their regular diet and medications after the procedure, but they should not drive or do any rigorous activity for twenty four hours after the procedure.

 

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