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celiac block was posted 01/31/2013 11:05 am by Lillie
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My dad had the celiac nerve block a few months back. His gastro doctor when down his throat to do the nerve block. A few years ago it was done through an injection through the back. Dads gastro dr. told me this was the old way of doing it but anyway here is an OLD copy and paste about the procedure. Just remember it is done down the throat now. Pretty much the same thing though. Hugs

Here is a good copy and paste on the nerve block.

The celiac block can be very effective. The stats that were given to me is on average decreasing pain by 40%, remember on average. The type of doctor to do this procedure is an interventional radiologist,usually using cat scan guidance injecting alcohol into the nerve bundles in the celiac plexus's which lives in front of the aorta near the pancreas .I don't know where you live but larger hospitals with experienced radiologists are my best advice to you. University hospital are great however the bulk of the work is done by residents, so again experienced in this procedure is preferred. The complication rate is low less than 1/10 of 1 percent so they say. But since that area has many organs and blood vessels the risk increases. Ok now that I scared you I'll give you the upside, they can get to this area through the abdomen or thru the back, both ways are successful but thru the back usually is safer, not so many bowels, blood vessels but I have seen it successful both ways. The best way I have seen is to inject marcaine(A longer lasting numbing med. like lidocaine)first. Wait a couple days to see if the person get relief, it also numbs the area for the alcohol later. If it does, the same procedure is done with alcohol, and the person needs to be heavily medicated for 4-24 hrs, it is painful because it is destroying the nerves. The side effects are for the first few hours the blood pressure may drop, and diarrhea will be present but they will go away. The block can last months, possibly longer, I was told 6 months or more.The nerves grow back but at a very slow rate. It also as time goes on can reduce the oral pain medicine, and not be out of touch with reality Hugs Lillie



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