The Hypogastric Plexus Block is a bundle of nerves situated in the area where the aorta splits at the bottom of the lumbar spine. Superior Hypogastric Plexus Block provides sensation of autonomic nerves to a broad area of the pelvis, including the bladder, urethra, uterus, vagina, prostate, penis, testicles, rectum and the descending colon.
Superior Hypogastric Plexus Block is a basic outpatient procedure. It is a type of pain injection performed by pain doctors that provide excellent pain relief for numerous types of pelvic pain. For those patients suffering pelvic pain, opiate medication may not be effective. Usually patients take these medications which can cause detrimental health consequences. Superior Hypogastric Plexus block lessens the need for opiates.
Superior Hypogastric Plexus Block provides pain relief for:
The Superior Plexus block procedure requires the patient to remain still during the procedure and to remain calm. Information regarding the length of the procedure and possible untoward reactions is discussed with the patient. Informed consent is secured after a thorough explanation of the procedure. The physician makes use of radiograph guidance and contrast media during the procedure.
Doctors will use image guidance from fluoroscopy, which is a real-time form of X-ray. Patients are placed prone on a table and sedation is typically used.
Contrast medium is usually injected to confirm the placement of the needle. Numbing medication is provided to the skin, all the way where the needle sits. Numbing medication, possibly phenol, which is a type of alcohol and steroid medication, is used during the procedure.
Cancer patients who suffer great pain in the pelvic area are proven to benefit from the Superior Hypogastric Plexus Block. The use of Superior Hypogastric Plexus Block assists doctors in the implementation of pain treatment. This procedure provides doctors a safe and effective treatment modality for pain relief.
Superior Hypogastric Plexus Block is a relatively short procedure that only takes about 30 minutes. Superior Hypogastric Plexus Block has possible risks such as infection, bleeding, nerve injury, and anesthesia complication.
If corticosteroids are used such as cortisone, patients may suffer from an increased blood glucose level and altered metabolism that may pose a considerable health risk. If the needle accidentally punctures large blood vessels during the procedure, it may result to massive bleeding.
Pain relief from excruciating pelvic pain is the ultimate benefit of Superior Hypogastric Plexus Block. It can also target pain caused by nerve damage and inflammation seen in patients with Herpes Zoster. Pain from Frostbite is also relieved using Superior Hypogastric Plexus Block.