Celiac Plexus Block
Celiac plexus is a network of nerves part of its function is to transmit pain signals from the pancreas. A Celiac Plexus Block is an out patient procedure; it is usually used as part of the treatment for Chronic Pancreatitis and other Chronic Abdominal Pain. First a needle is inserted in the spine to either target the Celiac plexus or the splanchnic nerves (which lead from the spine to the celiac plexus). Then the treatment is administered to deactivate nerves. This blocks the celiac plexus nerves that go various parts of the abdomen; this can reduce pain in the abdominal area. Discussing the benefits and risks with your doctor is strongly encouraged; results vary on a case-to-case basis.