This procedure temporarily disrupts the nerves of the celiac plexus. These nerves branch away from your spine. They connect to the organs in your abdomen. Pain signals caused by conditions such as pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer travel through these nerves on the way to your brain. A celiac plexus block can relieve your pain.
What is the procedure like?
After applying a local anesthetic, your provider will guide a needle through your back and into the celiac plexus nerves. After the needle is positioned correctly, as verified by X-ray guidance, your provider will inject the anesthetic around the nerves.
What happens after the procedure?
Patients may experience pain relief immediately following the procedure, although repeat treatments may be needed if pain persists. Most people are able to resume normal activities 1-2 days after the procedure.