Celiac Plexus Block

What Is Celiac Plexus Block?

A Celiac Plexus Block is a type of pain management using injections of pain medication to relieve pain in the abdomen, most commonly associated with cancer and chronic pancreatitis. The Celiac Plexus is found as a bundle of nerves surrounding the main artery into your abdomen, the aorta.

What does the procedure look like?

A member of the anesthesia at Portland Pain & Spine team will place an IV catheter into your vein, usually in your arm or hand. The anesthesia will be administered through the IV.

Once you are asleep, you will lie on your stomach on the table with a pillow under your hips. Your back will be disinfected, and you’ll receive an injection which will numb your back about halfway up. The medical team will use cameras to guide the needle with the block. At this point, your doctor will then insert a needle and administer the medication into the area of your celiac plexus. The entire procedure takes approximately 90 minutes.

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