Chronic genital or pelvic pain may be related to issues with the superior hypogastric plexus nerves. The pain may be reduced with a superior hypogastric plexus block. Texas Pain Institute offers superior hypogastric plexus block for residents of Fort Worth, Denton, Southlake and nearby areas of Texas.
What is a Superior Hypogastric Plexus Block?
A superior hypogastric plexus block disrupts pain signals from a group of nerves that are located in the pelvic and genital areas of the body. Inflammation is the most common reason that patients have some type of chronic nerve pain in these areas. A superior hypogastric plexus block contains steroids to lessen the inflammation.
What are the Benefits of a Superior Hypogastric Plexus Block?
A superior hypogastric plexus block may be recommended for:
- Identifying the origin of your chronic pain to guide treatment recommendations
- Provide relief from chronic pain for three to four months
Am I a Candidate for the Superior Hypogastric Plexus Block?
If you are currently receiving treatment for a pelvic or genital condition that causes persistent pain and are not satisfied with the results of medications and other conservative therapies, you may be a good candidate for our superior hypogastric plexus block. Some of the conditions that indicate treatment with a superior hypogastric plexus block are:
- Cancer pain
- Pelvic fibrosis
- Adhesions or scar tissue that develop after from abdominal surgery
- Myofascial pain
- Irritable bowel syndrome
How is the Superior Hypogastric Plexus Block Performed?
We use fluoroscopy to guide the needle to the base of the superior hypogastric plexus. Once the needle is correctly positioned, we slowly inject medication to numb the nerves and lessen inflammation. The local anesthesia in the injection starts to work within one hour, while the steroids may take a few months for maximum effectiveness. You will notice a gradual decrease in your chronic pain symptoms during this time.
What is the Recovery Like After a Superior Hypogastric Plexus Block?
After you relax in our recovery area, you are released to go home to rest for at least 24 hours. Please arrange to have someone drive you home after the procedure. The area where the injection is made may feel tender, and you can apply ice packs for 20 minutes at a time.
What is the Prognosis After a Superior Hypogastric Plexus Block?
The superior hypogastric plexus block at Texas Pain Institute is not intended to cure the underlying condition that is causing your pain. The discomfort may emerge after a few months, and we recommend scheduling additional injections as needed.
Dr. Ved Aggarwal and his team offer superior hypogastric plexus block treatments for residents of Fort Worth, Denton, Southlake and surrounding communities in Texas. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.