A ganglion impar block is a safe, minimally invasive treatment for patients with pelvic, genital, perineal, or anal pain. If you have pain in the “seat” region and frequent urinary sensations, you might be a candidate for this treatment, especially if conservative therapy hasn’t worked. This treatment blocks the pain signals in the ganglion impar region in front of the sacrum, thus alleviating chronic pain. We provide highly personalized ganglion impar blocks to alleviate pain and discomfort, helping you lead a pain-free life without opioids.
How does Ganglion Impar Block Work?
The human brain uses nerves to communicate information throughout the body and receive information from different parts of the body. The ganglion impar is located in front of the sacrum, the lower part of the spine, and it’s an area where numerous nerves intersect. This region also includes nerves that communicate some form of pain from the lower pelvis and groin to the brain via the ganglion impar. This region also includes nerves from the lower rectum, anal region, vagina or vulva, scrotum, tailbone, and the lower urethra.
If you have dysfunction or injury in the aforementioned areas of the body, you may experience chronic pain in the lower pelvic and groin areas. A ganglion impar block involves injecting numbing medicine into the area to pinpoint the true source of pain, following which an anti-inflammatory steroid might be administered. The anti-inflammatory medicine will reduce inflammation and prevent the surrounding nerves from sending pain signals into the brain. As such, ganglion impar blocks can diagnose and treat pain in the seat region.
The Goals of Ganglion
The primary goal of a ganglion impar block is to prevent the nerves in the ganglion impar region from sending pain signals into the brain. This treatment can alleviate pain caused by injuries and dysfunctions that affect the ganglion impar region, which includes the lower rectum, anal region, vagina or vulva, scrotum, tailbone, and the lower urethra.
A ganglion impar block alleviates pain caused by the following conditions:
- Perineal pain
- Rectal pain
- Distal urethral pain
- Scrotal pain
- Vaginal pain
- Pelvic pain
- Vaginal protrusion
- Chronic prostatitis
- Proctalgia fugax
- Failed back surgery syndrome
- Post-surgical thrombosis
- Radiation proctitis
- Postherpetic neuralgia
- Burning and localized perineal pain
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Edison Spine & Pain Management is a state-of-the-art interventional pain management practice specializing in cutting-edge non-surgical treatments. We always diagnose and treat the root cause of your pain, helping you achieve long-lasting pain relief. Our pain doctors and physicians are board-certified in minimally invasive pain treatments, so you can rest assured that your treatment is in good hands. If you experience pain and discomfort in the seat region, please schedule an appointment to explore your treatment options.