Abdominal pain is common and can range from a mild stomach ache to sharp pains and cramps. There are numerous causes associated with abdominal pain, including indigestion, constipation, stomach virus, kidney stones, hernia, muscle tear, etc.
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Celiac Plexus Block
The celiac plexus is a group of nerves on the front of the spine at the L1 vertebra (lower body) area that innervate the stomach and are typically associated with mid-upper gastric pain, chronic pancreatitis and other variations of chronic abdominal pain. To perform this procedure, a needle is guided, using fluoroscopic imaging for guidance, down to the front of the spine at L1 where local anesthetic and steroids are then injected in the area. Patients are monitored throughout the process with an EKG, blood pressure cuff and oxygen monitor. For the longer term treatment of pain emitting from celiac plexus nerves, patients with cancer and other types of chronic pain, can have their nerves destroyed with alcohol, phenol or radiofrequency ablation, to remove pain sensations until the nerve fully regenerates.
Chronic Pain Management
Chronic pain refers to any pain lasting in excess of six months. There is no clear cause, as the term applies to any long-term discomfort arising from an initial injury. Chronic pain can occur in virtually any part of the human body and often contributes to other residual health problems including fatigue, decreased appetite, mood swings, and a lack of mobility. These difficulties negatively affect a person’s ability to lead a comfortable lifestyle. Many advances in modern medicine are helping people to manage their chronic pain more effectively to reduce suffering and enhance a patient’s quality of life and functionality. We will fully evaluate your condition and design a holistic, individually tailored plan to help you return to your life.