Some surgeries can leave patients with severe abdominal pain. You don’t just have to grin and bear it until your incision is sufficiently healed to stop causing that pain. We have an option: a Transversus Abdominis Plane (TAP) block, which can provide dramatic relief, which lasts long enough for you to heal.
This is an anesthesia injection procedure. It blocks the nerves from sending pain signals into your incision and should last long enough to help you heal from your surgery.
How does a Transversus Abdominis Plane block work?
This is a simple outpatient procedure. You may even have it scheduled right after your surgery.
You will lie down, have your abdomen cleaned, and receive a local anesthetic on the skin area where we plan to place the injection. We then use ultrasound to figure out exactly where to place the needle.
Once we place the needle we inject the anesthesia and remove the needle. It’s a quick, simple process. You’ll start feeling the effects in about an hour. You shouldn’t feel any pain other than the sting of the needle itself.
We do ask you to have a family member or friend drive you to and from the procedure.
Most patients do not experience additional complications. Some patients are allergic to the anesthetics or are prone to infection at the injection site. We’ll give you instructions for watching your injection site after the process is complete.
How long will the Transversus Abdominis Plane procedure block pain?
The injection will block your surgical site pain for up to 36 hours. After that the pain from your surgery should be manageable with oral pain killers. In some cases you can be given additional shots if necessary. Consult with your doctor if you think you need additional injections.
Is Transversus Abdominis Plane covered by insurance?
TAPs are tried and tested medical procedures. Most insurance companies do cover them.
Of course, much depends on what your insurance plan looks like. Our staff is happy to help you navigate the insurance process so you can maximize your coverage.
Contact us to help treat your post-surgery abdominal pain
Everyone has pain, either from surgery, chronic conditions, or trauma. Dr. Attaman and Dr. Cartier are here to help. We deliver solutions for the full spectrum of pain, and care deeply about your comfort and quality of life. Call to make an appointment at your nearest office today.