Spine & Orthopedic Pain Centers

Celiac Plexus Nerve Block



What is a celiac plexus block?

Celiac plexus blocks are injections of pain medication that help relieve abdominal pain, commonly due to cancer, Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis, or chronic pancreatitis.

The celiac plexus block is also a diagnostic tool to allow for a celiac neurolytic block for greater duration of relief – especially in cancer patients.

The celiac plexus (CP) is a bundle of nerves that surrounds the aorta, the main artery into your abdomen.

The plexus is interconnected by a dense mesh-like network of nerves from the following organs:

  • Upper abdominal viscera
  • Distal esophagus
  • Stomach to the mid-transverse colon
  • Pancreas
  • Kidneys
  • Gall bladder
  • Adrenals
  • Portions of the small bowel
  • Liver

Blocking these nerves from carrying pain information can help you stop feeling pain in your abdomen.

Conditions Treated:

  • Diagnostic block to differentiate source of pain
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Cholangiocarcinoma
  • Abdominal visceral pain syndrome
  • Upper abdominal malignancies
  • Retroperitoneal malignancies
  • Hepatobiliary disorders, including biliary sphincteric disorder
  • Abdominal angina
  • Pancreatitis, acute or chronic

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Inderbir Johal, M.D.

Interventional Pain Medicine Specialist
Anesthesiologist

Dr. Inderbir Johal, M.D. is a highly-skilled interventional pain management physician. Following a rigorous residency program in anesthesiology at Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Johal completed an intensive fellowship at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County.

Dr. Johal is passionate about his patients and their experience at Prestige Pain. Compassionate in his clinical approach, Dr. Johal uses leading-edge, minimally-invasive approaches to address acute and chronic pain effectively.

Dr. Johal welcomes your correspondence.

Gurbir Johal, M.D.

Interventional Pain Medicine Specialist
Anesthesiologist

Dr. Gurbir Johal is a highly-skilled interventional pain management physician. Following a rigorous residency program in anesthesiology at the prestigious University of Chicago Medical Center, Dr. Johal completed an intensive fellowship in pain medicine at the University of Chicago Pain Medicine Center.

Dr. Johal is passionate about his patients and their experience at Prestige Pain. Compassionate in his clinical approach, Dr. Johal uses leading-edge, minimally-invasive approaches to address acute and chronic pain effectively.

Dr. Johal welcomes your correspondence.