Celiac Plexus Block
For Patients with Chronic Abdominal Pain in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area
Abdominal pain is one of the most distressing forms of pain and, when it is persistent, can have a drastic impact on your everyday life. Unfortunately, it isn’t uncommon for those suffering from chronic abdominal pain to lose hope of any sign of relief. If you suffer this form of discomfort, have undergone several methods of treatment, and have still failed to find relief, you may be a great candidate for a celiac plexus block.
The Celiac Plexus Block Procedure
The celiac plexus block is a short outpatient procedure that typically lasts between 10 to 30 minutes and is performed in one of our treatment centers. During this time, the patient receives an injection of local anesthetic and steroid medication around their celiac plexus bundle of nerves, which surround the main artery in the abdomen. This injection helps to block celiac plexus nerves from sending pain information to the spinal cord, allowing for reduced or eliminated pain. Because this injection does involve a larger needle than most normal injection needles, a local anesthetic is used to allow for utmost comfort. From here, one of our pain management doctors will use an x-ray and contrast dye to guide the needle placement and to ensure that the solution covers the appropriate area.
Post-procedure, after leaving the clinic very little recovery time is needed. After taking it easy for the remainder of the day, you can return to normal activities. Depending on the level of your chronic pain, and with guidance from your pain management specialist, you may choose to repeat the process in a few weeks or months. Fortunately, the effects tend to last longer with each new injection!
Risk Factors to Consider
While this is a safe alternative for those seeking management of their chronic abdominal pain, as with any invasive procedure, it does pose some risk and potential side effects. The most commonly reported side effect is slight soreness at the injection site, which typically goes away within a few days. Rare risks associated with a celiac plexus block include:
- Injection materials reaching blood vessels or surrounding organs
- Spinal or epidural block
Of course, our highly skilled and experienced physicians will thoroughly discuss each risk, as well as your personal potential for experiencing specific side effects.
Take Charge of Your Abdominal Pain
Living with chronic abdominal pain and failing to find relief can cause severe distress. Whether you’re in Arlington, McKinney, or anywhere in TX between the two, we encourage you to take a proactive approach to your own health by seeking the attention of Texas Pain Relief Group today! Together, you and your physician will discuss the possibility of celiac plexus block as a method of chronic abdominal pain relief.