Overview & Procedure
Celiac plexus blocks are minimally invasive injections that help alleviate abdominal pain. This treatment is most commonly performed on patients suffering from abdominal cancers or pancreatitis.
This procedure is typically performed under sedation. After the sedation is initiated, the physician will numb the skin to ensure the procedure is comfortable. Once the anesthetic has taken effect, fluoroscopic (x-ray) guidance will be used to insert a thin needle into the back next to the spine where the celiac plexus is located. After correct needle placement is confirmed, the medication is injected to decrease pain coming from the abdomen.
Immediately after the procedure, patients are sent to a separate room to recover. During this time, the patient’s vitals are monitored for any signs of an adverse reaction. After being monitored for a short time, the patient can go home under the care of a family member who will need to drive the patient home. Typically, patients resume full activity the next day. Soreness around the injection site may be relieved by using ice and taking a mild analgesic. Pain relief from a Celiac Plexus block typically lasts weeks to months and can be repeated. Complications are rare, but if patients notice any signs of an infection, rash, or fever, we strongly encourage them to come to Southwest Spine and Pain Center.