Patients suffering abdominal pain due to cancer or chronic pancreatitis may find relief with an injection that blocks pain signals in the nerve bundle surrounding the aorta, called the celiac plexus.
Blocking nerves in this region will mask the feeling of pain, offering relief that may last for weeks, months or years. Guided by x-ray to ensure proper needle placement, we insert two thin needles on either side of the spine. Administering intravenous medication prior to the injections relaxes the patient during the procedure, which typically takes less than 30 minutes in an outpatient hospital setting. Repeat injections may be administered over time for long-lasting relief, typically with no adverse effects.