Celiac Plexus Blocks
The celiac plexus is a complex network of nerves located in the abdomen, This plexus is responsible for sending pain messages to your brain from the pancreas, liver, kidneys, gall bladder, and spleen. For pain originating from these sources, a celiac plexus block can be performed.
A celiac plexus block is a fluoroscopically guided injection. This procedure can be performed with or without sedation. Your physician will first numb the area. The injection typically takes less than 15 minutes and is relatively painless.
The length of pain relief lasts is different for each person. For some, celiac plexus blocks can relieve pain for weeks. For others, the relief can last years. Many can return to their normal activities.