Celiac Plexus Block 

A Non-Surgical Approach To Treating Abdominal Pain

What is it?

A celiac plexus block is a treatment designed for pain relief, which is administered to patients via injection. The celiac plexus, which is part of the nervous system, is a bundle of nerves that is located in the upper abdomen. These nerves branch away from the spine; the celiac plexus sends signals from the digestive system to the brain and spinal cord. Thus, a celiac plexus block prevents those nerves from sending pain signals to the spinal cord and brain. This treatment is common in individuals who experience chronic and severe abdominal pain, usually associated with pancreatic cancer or chronic pancreatitis. 

What conditions are celiac plexus blocks used to treat?

  • Abdominal pain
  • Gastroparesis
  • Diabetic gastroparesis
  • Chronic abdominal pain

How long does the procedure take? 

A celiac plexus block is an outpatient procedure, which means patients are able to go home the same day. Please note that it is advised for patients to arrange for someone to drive them home from the appointment and provide support for the rest of the day. Some patients have reported feeling pain relief immediately or soon after the procedure, but others might need to have repeated injections if their pain levels do not improve or if the pain returns. 

How should I prepare for a celiac plexus block?

These instructions can vary between cases and individuals, so we advise every patient to speak with their physician about specific preparatory tasks. It can be helpful to ask your doctor about medications to avoid taking before the celiac plexus block procedure, like blood thinners. Also, it is recommended that patients cut back on their alcohol consumption and break off any smoking habits before the procedure, as this can potentially cause complications.  Our team at Apex Interventional Pain & Spine is committed to helping those suffering from abdominal pain. We offer a variety of innovative treatments and personalized care to help address the underlying causes. If you are experiencing abdominal pain, we’d be happy to create a treatment plan that works for you! Reach out to us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards a pain-free life.