Celiac Plexus Block

Summary of Procedure: Celiac Plexus Block

Celiac Plexus Blocks are minimally invasive injections used to relieve patients of chronic abdominal pain. Chronic conditions that commonly cause abdominal pain are cancer and pancreatitis. During the procedure, a Carolina Spine and Pain Center physician administers an IV sedation to help relax the patient.

Next, a local anesthetic is administered to an area of the back by the pain management specialist. Once the local anesthetic has taken effect, a thin needle with an anesthetic to help manage pain, will be inserted next to the spine, with the help of x-ray guidance.

A second needle will be injected into the inflamed celiac plexus nerves so that contrast dye can be utilized to confirm the location of the affected area. Lastly, a CSPC physician will then inject pain medication into the affected nerves, destroying them for an extended period of time.

Related: Pain Management in Greenville

What to Expect Post-Procedure of a Celiac Plexus Block

Patients may experience a feeling of warmth immediately after the procedure, usually with little or no pain. Numbness and warmth in the abdomen will subside over time, as will some of the pain relief.

Patients are not advised to operate a motor vehicle or engage in rigorous activities for 24 hours post-procedure.  Depending on the severity of the patient’s condition and symptoms, pain relief can last anywhere from a few days to weeks.

If you have any questions about celiac plexus block, call a physician at one of the several office locations for Carolina Spine and Pain Centers. Get in touch by calling 864-535-0144 or by filling out an appointment request form on our contact page.

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