Chronic pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer may cause severe and persistent abdominal pain. The experienced physicians at Wisconsin Spine and Pain in Waukesha, West Bend, Sheboygan, Green Bay, and Greenfield, Wisconsin, perform a celiac plexus block to alleviate this type of pain. Schedule a consultation to learn more about the celiac plexus block. Call the office or book an appointment online today.
The celiac plexus, located in your upper abdomen, is a bundle of nerves that connects your pancreas, stomach, gallbladder, small intestine, and liver to your central nervous system (brain and spinal cord).
These nerves provide sensory information, including pain, from your abdominal organs to your brain.
A celiac plexus block is an injection that prevents the pain signal from the organs in your abdominal area to your brain. The injection contains an anesthetic and sometimes a steroid.
The pain management physicians may include a steroid in the nerve block to prolong the pain-relieving benefits.
The interventional pain management experts at Wisconsin Spine and Pain perform a celiac plexus block for patients suffering from chronic abdominal pain.
They most often recommend a minimally invasive procedure to patients suffering ongoing abdominal pain due to pancreatic cancer, chronic pancreatitis, or other types of abdominal cancer.
The team at Wisconsin Spine and Pain performs a celiac plexus block under local anesthesia. In some cases, they may also administer a sedative before the injection to help you feel more relaxed.
During the procedure, you lie on your stomach on an X-ray table. Your provider cleans your skin with an antiseptic agent and administers a local anesthetic to numb the area.
Using X-ray-guided imaging, your provider inserts a needle near the area of your celiac plexus nerve and injects a contrast dye to ensure correct positioning. They slowly inject the medication over a few minutes, remove the needle, and cover the injection site with a bandage.
The entire procedure takes 10-30 minutes.
After the procedure, you may feel a warm sensation in your abdominal area and pain relief that may last a few days.
You may resume your regular diet and medications immediately, but don’t drive or engage in any rigorous activity for 24 hours after the procedure.
To get the most pain relief from the nerve block, the Wisconsin Spine and Pain team may recommend a series of 2-10 injections at varying intervals. You may find the length of your pain relief lengthens after each treatment.
To learn more about the celiac plexus block and how it may relieve your chronic abdominal pain, call Wisconsin Spine and Pain or book an appointment online today.