Superior hypogastric plexus blocks are often the recommended treatment for pain in the pelvis and the nearby areas. The Pain Management Center offers this treatment to men and women living in Voorhees, Hamilton and Turnersville, NJ.
What is a Superior Hypogastric Plexus Block?
A superior hypogastric plexus block is a pain management treatment that involves the injection of a local anesthetic and a steroid medication into the superior hypogastric plexus nerves, which are located on the front of the lower spine. This treatment is often used to manage pain in the tailbone, pelvis, or internal organs that results from injury, medical conditions, or even cancer. The superior hypogastric plexus block will block pain signals from these nerves to provide pain relief.
What is the Superior Hypogastric Plexus Block Treatment Like?
The first step of the superior hypogastric plexus block treatment is applying a local anesthetic to the treatment area. This helps to relieve any discomfort that may occur during the injection process. Once the treatment area is numbed, a needle will be carefully inserted into the superior hypogastric plexus nerves, which will be accessed from the lower back as you lie face-down. After the needle is in place, the injection will be performed. This treatment is typically completed in less than an hour. After treatment, you may notice some minor swelling or bruising at the injection site, but these effects usually fade within a few days.
What Kind of Results Can I Expect from a Superior Hypogastric Plexus Block?
After your superior hypogastric plexus block treatment, you will notice immediate pain relief due to the local anesthetic that is injected. This will wear off in a few hours, and pain may return briefly. The steroid medication will take effect within a few days, soothing inflammation and blocking nerve signals so that you can enjoy long-lasting pain relief. The results from your superior hypogastric plexus block can last between several weeks and several months. The exact duration of these results will vary, so we will help you determine the kind of results that you can expect during your initial visit.
If you are suffering from pain in the pelvis or the surrounding areas, whether due to cancer or other causes, contact us today to schedule an appointment and determine if the superior hypogastric plexus block is right for you. At The Pain Management Center, we welcome patients from Turnersville, Linwood, Hamilton, and the surrounding areas of New Jersey.