The ilioinguinal nerve originates from the first lower back spinal nerve. This nerve wraps above the iliac crest, which is the upper ridge of hip bone, and travels into the groin. It provides sensation to the upper inner thigh, groin, and perineum. The perineum is between the anus and scrotum in men and between the anus and vaginal opening in women. ilioinguinal nerve block is an injectable procedure.
Damage to the ilioinguinal nerve can be caused by surgery, trauma, and infection. Patients may feel severe pain in the groin area and/or testes in men; or sharp pain in the labia, groin area, and/or inner thigh in women.
How is the procedure performed?
Ilioinguinal nerve block can be achieved through pain relief injections. Patients are positioned on their back and sedation is not required. A needle is inserted in the vicinity of the damaged nerve and medication is injected. A nerve stimulator may be used to better localize the nerve.
What should be expected?
Patients may first receive medication specifically for ilioinguinal nerve pain as the first line of therapy. These medications are similar to other drugs prescribed to treat neuropathic pain. Neuropathic pain can be caused when the nerve fibers become damaged, injured, or cannot properly function. Depending on injection results, future treatment can be considered, including nerve ablation, which disables the nerve and neuromodulation, which is pain control using spinal stimulation.
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