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Hypogastric Plexus Block

What is a Hypogastric Plexus Block?

A Hypogastric Plexus Block is a medical procedure that aims to alleviate chronic pelvic pain. The hypogastric plexus is a network of nerves located near the lower part of the spine. By injecting anesthetic medication into this region, we can block these nerves’ ability to transmit pain signals to the brain.

What Can a Hypogastric Plexus Block Treat?

The Hypogastric Plexus Block can effectively treat various types of pelvic pain, including:

Interstitial cystitis: An often painful bladder condition.

Chronic prostatitis: Persistent inflammation of the prostate gland.

Endometriosis: A painful disorder where tissue grows outside the uterus.

Pelvic Cancer: Pain related to cancer in pelvic organs.

Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome: Unexplained chronic pelvic discomfort.

How is the Hypogastric Plexus Block Administered?

The procedure is performed under careful x-ray guidance. Here’s a step-by-step explanation:

Preparation: The patient lies face down, and the skin is cleaned and numbed.

Guidance: Using real-time imaging, I guide a needle to the hypogastric plexus.

Injection: Anesthetic medication is injected, blocking the nerves.

Monitoring: Patients are observed for a brief period post-procedure to ensure well-being.

What Are the Risks?

Like any medical procedure, the Hypogastric Plexus Block has some risks, although rare:

Bleeding: Especially if the patient has a bleeding disorder.

Infection: At the site of the injection.

Nerve Damage: Unintended damage to nearby nerves.

Allergic Reactions: To the medications used.

Rest assured, all necessary precautions are taken to minimize these risks, and I will discuss them thoroughly with you during the consultation.

If you’re suffering from chronic pelvic pain and seeking relief, a Hypogastric Plexus Block may be the solution you need. Schedule an Appointment with Dr. Edward Rubin, MD to discuss your options.