Chronic abdominal pain may be alleviated with a celiac plexus block. National Pain Institute has a team of pain management physicians who specialize in celiac plexus block techniques for residents of Orlando and surrounding areas of Central and South Florida.
What Is a Celiac Plexus Block?
A celiac plexus block is an injection of medications that numb irritated nerves and disrupt pain signals to the brain. The procedure is recommended for patients whose chronic abdominal pain interferes with primary treatment therapies or contributes to an overall malaise that diminishes quality of life.
What Are the Benefits of a Celiac Plexus Block?
A celiac plexus block is a quick, nonsurgical treatment that is significantly less invasive than surgery. You may experience an immediate reduction in your pain, and the effects are long-lasting.
Are There Any Known Plexus Block Side Effects?
Plexus block side effects are rare and may include:
- Changes to blood pressure or blood sugar levels.
- Jitters or anxiety.
- Adverse reaction to the medications.
- Tenderness, bruising or swelling at the injection site.
- Worsening or no change in pain symptoms.
- Hyperactivity or sudden bursts of energy.
Many of these side effects are linked to a person’s reaction to the steroids in the injection. We encourage our patients to let us know if they have a history of unexpected reactions to steroids.
How Is the Celiac Plexus Block Performed?
The steroid medication is injected into the group of celiac plexus nerves. The injection contains a numbing agent that provides immediate relief, and the steroids typically begin to work after a few days. The expected outcome is that your abdominal pain resolves in about two to three weeks.
What Is Recovery Like After a Celiac Plexus Block Procedure?
We monitor your vital signs for 30 minutes after the injection, and then you are free to go home. The celiac plexus procedure does not require any downtime or changes to your activities.
What Should I Expect After a Nerve Block for Celiac Plexus Pain?
In most cases, a single celiac plexus block injection provides long-term relief from chronic abdominal pain. Patients with an extended history of abdominal pain may require one or more follow-up injections.
If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of the celiac plexus block for interventional pain management, contact National Pain Institute today to schedule a consultation. We offer the treatment for residents of Orlando and other communities in Central and South Florida.