The celiac plexus, also known as the solar plexus, is a group of nerves within the abdominal cavity. The nerves branch into the internal organs. Chronic pain sensations from the group of nerves may be alleviated with a celiac plexus block. Texas Pain Institute offers celiac plexus block for residents of Fort Worth, Denton, Southlake and nearby areas of Texas.
What is a Celiac Plexus Block?
The celiac plexus block aims to reduce chronic pain in the abdominal area, specifically pain that originates in the:
- Intestines and bowels
- Gall bladder
The injections are not intended to remedy the underlying medical condition. Rather, we recommend the celiac plexus block for patients with chronic conditions or cancer that produce debilitating pain.
What are the Benefits of a Celiac Plexus Block?
Chronic pain often interferes with primary treatment and does not allow you to fully participate in your plan of care that is outlined by your primary or specialty physician. A celiac plexus block lessens the pain symptoms to help you focus on healing and rehabilitating your body.
Am I a Candidate for a Celiac Plexus Block?
We may recommend a celiac plexus block if you experience:
- Unwanted side effects from medications
- Less than ideal results from more conservative therapies
- Pain related to cancer in the abdominal area
How is the Celiac Plexus Block Performed?
Placement of the needle that is used to administer the celiac plexus block medications is the key to successful outcomes. At Texas Pain Institute, we use advanced imaging technology to guide us during the procedure. Once the needle is in the proper position at the base of the celiac plexus nerves, we slowly inject the medications. You may feel a brief stinging sensation due to the anti-inflammatory steroids in the medications.
What is the Recovery Like After the Celiac Plexus Block?
No downtime or aftercare is needed for our celiac plexus block treatment. You may have some tenderness in the area that can be treated with ice packs that are applied at 20-minute intervals. You should follow-up with your primary care or specialty physician to determine if the celiac plexus block effectively reduced your chronic pain.
What is the Prognosis After the Celiac Plexus Block?
If you have pain at the time of the procedure, the local anesthesia may work to eliminate the symptoms within a few hours. Steroid injections tend to start working within a few days, and you will notice a gradual decrease in your chronic pain. The effects of the injections may last three to four months, at which time you may need subsequent injections.
Dr. Ved Aggarwal and his team offer celiac plexus block injections for residents of Fort Worth, Denton, Southlake and surrounding communities in Texas. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.