Celiac Ganglion Nerve Block
Patients who suffer from median arcuate ligament syndrome (MALS) experience abdominal pain, which can present much like similar conditions. A GI and bariatric specialist will use a range of diagnostic tools such as imaging and a medical exam to provide a probable diagnosis.
MALS results from compression of the artery and nerves that serve the organs in the upper abdomen. The arc-shaped band of tissue known as the median accurate ligament presses on the celiac area, causing the patient to experience pain and discomfort.
Symptoms of MALS include pain in the upper abdomen (more often after eating), vomiting, food aversion, bloating and diarrhea. These symptoms are easily confused with other GI conditions, which is why it is important to consult with a specialist such as Dr. Shouhed.
Managing & Treating MALS
Dr. Shouhed will seek to establish that MALS is the cause of your pain and discomfort. Conservative treatment options are limited; however, celiac ganglion nerve block provides several benefits in the diagnosis and treatment of the condition.
During the course of his career, Dr. Shouhed has sent countless samples of resected ganglion nerve tissue for pathological assessment. In the vast majority of cases, examination under a microscope identifies fibrosis (scar tissue). In addition to median arcuate ligament release, there is strong evidence based on these findings that resection of the ganglion nerve will offer most patients relief from symptoms.
A celiac ganglion nerve block can provide Dr. Shouhed with further evidence to support a diagnosis of MALS. In addition, this approach serves as a treatment that can manage the pain and discomfort caused by compression of the artery and nerves.
MALS Treatment Consultation, Los Angeles
As you navigate the symptoms of MALS, consulting with Dr. Shouhed at his Los Angeles offices can result in diagnosis and treatment. You will benefit from the wealth of experience that a board certified general surgeon who specializes in robotic technologies has to offer.
Reach out today to begin your journey toward finding relief from the life-altering symptoms associated with MALS. Danny Shouhed, M.D., can provide a range of solutions depending on your specific needs.