Almost all individuals will experience abdominal pain at some point in their lives. In most cases, the pain can be diagnosed and treated quickly for a non-threatening illness. In other cases, the pain may be a sign of a more serious illness such as cancer, adhesions or chronic pancreatitis. If a patient suffers from one of these conditions and needs an abdominal pain treatment, a celiac plexus nerve block is available at OPTIMAL Pain & Regenerative Medicine® for patients in the Dallas, Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas area.
How is the Cause of Abdominal Pain Determined?
Abdominal pain needs to be diagnosed by a thorough physical exam, blood tests, x-rays, and other diagnostic tests. Once the cause of the pain is determined, the correct treatment option will be discussed in detail between the physician and the patient. If the cause of pain is linked to a condition such as cancer or chronic pancreatitis, an abdominal pain treatment called a celiac plexus nerve block may be administered to alleviate pain.
What is a Celiac Plexus Nerve Block?
The celiac plexus is a bundle of nerves that surrounds the main artery leading into the abdomen, the aorta. A celiac plexus nerve block is an abdominal pain treatment that uses a local anesthetic to block the celiac plexus nerves that transmit pain signals from the abdominal area to the brain.