A Nerve Block Alternative for Pelvic Pain Sufferers
The superior hypogastric block is an injection procedure for relieving pelvic pain when traditional medications are either ineffective or result in unwanted side effects such as nausea. The block can relieve pain from patients suffering from pelvic cancers, endometriosis and injuries to the descending colon, rectum, testes, penis, prostate, perineum, vulva, vagina, uterus, urethra and bladder.
Using X-ray guidance, the physician inserts a needle into the superior hypogastric plexus nerve bundle and injects medication to block pain signals from reaching the brain. Medication is usually an anesthetic or alcohol which destroys the nerve fibers.
Results can last for weeks to several years, and multiple treatments are sometimes necessary to reduce or eliminate the need for oral medications.
A non-surgical, non-narcotic treatment for:
Talk to a pain specialist at Columbia Pain & Spine Institute about your current pain relief regimen and if superior hypogastric block could offer a better solution for you.