Ganglion Impar Block Explained by Dr. Paul Lynch
Ganglion impar blocks are minimally-invasive, non-surgical treatments that are used to treat chronic, neuropathic pelvic pain from visceral or sympathetic pain syndromes. If you have vague, poorly localized pelvic pain that is frequently accompanied by sensations of burning or urgency you might benefit from this block.
Before the procedure, an IV line is started so that the patient can relax as needed. Fluoroscopy, a real time X-ray machine, is used in order to ensure proper placement of the needle. With X-ray guidance, the needle is then advanced to the targeted area until correct placement is obtained.
After the needle position is confirmed, a small mixture of numbing medicine and sometimes steroid medication is slowly injected along each of the targeted nerves. Radioablation of the ganglion impar is another treatment modality for longer-lasting pain relief. This procedure generally takes less than 15 minutes.
After the procedure, patients should obtain pain relief in the first few hours after the injection.
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