Neurolytic blocks are a type of interventional therapy that involves administering injections into a specific area where pain occurs. These injections target and destroy nerves that are causing pain, leading to pain relief. Neurolytic blocks are typically used for patients with cancer or other diseases to provide relief in areas where tumors are either pressing on nerves or cover an area where the pain originates causing persistent or severe discomfort. There are different types of neurolytic blocks that are available.
A celiac plexus block is a neurolytic block that helps ease the pain in the abdominal region in those with cancer or another disease that causes considerable discomfort, such as chronic pancreatitis and pancreatic or bowel cancer. This type of block typically relieves pain for weeks, although some patients experience relief for years. Possible side effects include diarrhea, low blood pressure, and bruising at injections sites.
A hypogastric block is a neurolytic block that eases the pain in the pelvic region, such as the prostate, bladder, uterus, or lower intestine. This type of block helps relieve pain in those with pelvic cancer or other conditions that cause pelvic discomfort, such as endometriosis and irritable bowel syndrome. A hypogastric block can ease pain for several weeks or even years in some patients. Potential side effects, which are typically mild, include fever, abdominal cramping, headache, and insomnia.
A ganglion of impar block is a neurolytic block that relieves pain in the genital, anal, perineal, or pelvic regions. This type of neurolytic block is used for a wide range of conditions, including endometriosis, chronic prostatitis, and post-surgical pain. A ganglion of impar block starts to relieve pain shortly after injections are given.
Neurolytic blocks are typically administered in patients who have cancer or another condition that causes chronic pain or discomfort that doesn’t respond to other forms of treatment, such as medication. Dr. Adebayo helps patients determine if they’re suitable candidates for neurolytic blocks and if so, which type they should receive. Dr. Adebayo also explains any risks involved with these procedures and the potential side effects associated with them.
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