Celiac Plexus Block or Neurolysis (nerve destruction)
What to Expect
You may notice a mild soreness in your throat. You may wish to gargle with lightly salted water or suck on hard candy.
You may have a feeling of fullness or gas pains.
You must have an adult to take you home. You should not drive today.
Do not drink alcohol. Do not take tranquilizers or sleeping pills tonight.
Rest today. You may resume normal daily tasks tomorrow.
You may resume your routine medicines unless told otherwise.
Your doctor will let you know if you need to be on a clear liquid diet, otherwise, start with a light diet the day of the procedure.
Your doctor will tell you when to restart your blood thinners.
There may be some soreness and redness at the IV site for a day or two. You can relieve this by placing a warm. Moist washcloth over the area. Please contact your primary doctor if this does not improve in a couple of days.
Do not make any important decisions today.
Call your doctor if you have:
- Fever about 100.4°F or 38°C for 2 readings taken 4 hours apart
- Pain that is new or more severe than the pain you had before the procedure
- New symptoms in your legs such as numbness, tingling or weakness
- Nausea, vomiting, abdominal fullness or bloating
- Increasing stomach or back pain
- Fainting spells
- Blood stained urine or stools
- Severe diarrhea
If you have questions or concerns within 24 hours of your celiac plexus procedure, please call the Procedure Center at the number below.
Gastroenterology Procedures, Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
After clinic hours, call the paging operator at (608) 262-0486 or toll free at
1-800-323-8942. Ask for the Gastroenterology (GI) doctor on call. Leave your name and phone number with the area code. The doctor will call you back.
The information provided should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.
Last Updated: 05/17/2013
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