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Coeliac Plexus Block

What is a Coeliac Plexus Block?

Prior to the Procedure

What Will Happen?

  1. You will be admitted to the day surgery by a nurse and you will be asked to change into a gown.
  2. The anaesthetist will speak with you and place a cannula (plastic needle) into a vein in your hand.
  3. In the procedure room, you will be assisted to position on the procedure table on your abdomen with a pillow under your pelvis for support.
  4. The anaesthetist will administer sedation drugs into your vein.
  5. An X-ray machine will be used to determine where the doctor will place the needle for your procedure. This will be marked with a pen.
  6. Local anaesthetic will be injected to numb the discomfort of the needle.
    • The procedure will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.
  7. Local anaesthetic or local anaesthetic and steroid or phenol will be injected.
    • Phenol can produce pain relief that may last many months.
  8. After the procedure, you will be placed on a trolley and taken to recovery, where you will remain for approximately 1 hour.
  9. After having something to eat and drink you will be discharged with a carer.

Post Procedure

If you require further explanation of the procedure, please contact Hunter Pain Clinic nursing staff on (02) 4985 1800.

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