The hypogastric plexus is a collection of nerves that is located in front of the fifth lumbar and first sacral vertebral bodies, in the lower back and pelvic area. This means that the plexus is located near the lower part of the abdomen in the upper front of the pelvis. A hypogastric plexus block treats the collection of nerves with a pain-killing medication.
How is Hypogastric Plexus Block performed?
The hypogastric plexus block usually involves a series of several pain relief injections, repeated at weekly intervals. This procedure is to treat patients who suffer from pain located in the pelvic area: this may include pain located in the region of the bladder, lower intestines, and pain in the uterus and ovaries for women; as well as pain in the prostate and testicles for men.
What should be expected?
Most patients can expect pain relief within the first 15 to 20 minutes after the injection of local anesthetic. The hypogastric block usually provides pain relief for several hours, after which the pain is likely to return. However, if steroid medication has also been used, the patient may also receive some pain relief that will begin roughly 36 hours after the injection. Duration of pain relief varies with each individual patient.
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