What is it?
Superior Hypogastric Plexus Block, also known as a hypogastric block, is an advanced, minimally invasive procedure used to treat pelvic and genital pain that has been so far unresponsive to oral medications and other conventional treatments.
How Long does the Procedure Take?
A superior hypogastric plexus block is a minimally invasive procedure that takes just minutes to perform. It can be used to treat different types of visceral and pelvic pain that are non-responsive to oral medications and conventional therapies. The procedure is typically done under Fluoroscopic guidance where local anesthetic and steroid are injected.
What are the Expected Results?
The relief from a positive diagnostic block is almost immediate, as the effects of the local anesthetic should typically be felt before the patient even leaves the office. The local anesthetic will wear off in just a few hours and the pain may return, which is normal. Longer term relief usually begins in 2-3 days, once the steroid begins to work. For some patients the relief last for weeks, for others, it last for years.
If the pain returns, you can have block every few months.