Pain in your genitals or around your rectum and anus may be caused by inflammation around certain nerves. At Central Florida Pain Management, we offer ganglion impar block treatments for residents of Ocala, The Villages, and nearby cities in central Florida.
What is a Ganglion Impar Block?
A ganglion impar block may be used for diagnostics or treatment of pain in the genitalia, anus, or rectum. The nerves that connect to these areas are located in the lower part of the spine, and a ganglion impar injection disrupts the pain signals to the brain. You will need to have the underlying cause of your condition treated by a specialist, and the ganglion impar block is intended to help with the discomfort during the treatment process.
What Are the Benefits of a Ganglion Impar Block?
Pain in the groin and pelvic area is troublesome and may distract you from enjoying your favorite activities and completing tasks that need to be completed at home and work. A ganglion impar block is non-surgical and does not require general anesthesia. You can go home the same day as the procedure.
Are There Any Ganglion Impar Block Side Effects?
Adverse side effects are rare with ganglion impar block procedures, but every surgical procedure carries some degree of risk. Side effects of the procedure may include:
- Adverse reaction to the medication
- Damage to the nerves
- Bruising and bleeding at the injection site
- No improvement to symptoms or a worsening of symptoms
What is the Ganglion Impar Block Procedure?
Someone will need to drive you to the appointment and home after the injection. The area is numbed with a local anesthesia, and we may give you a medication to help you relax. Advanced x-ray technology is used to produce a “live image” of the needle insertion through the soft tissues. Once the needle is positioned at the target nerves, the medication is slowly injected. Some patients report feeling a slight pressure and mild burning sensation during the injection.
What Happens During the Ganglion Impar Block Recovery?
You may notice an immediate improvement to your symptoms, but the medication in the ganglion impar block may take up to 72 hours to start reducing the inflammation. Expect the maximum benefits after seven to 10 days.
What is the Prognosis After a Ganglion Impar Block?
Your symptoms may return after having a ganglion impar block, but you may never experience symptoms again. If the discomfort does return, we can perform follow-up injections.
Central Florida Pain Management offers ganglion impar block treatments for residents of central Florida, including the cities of Ocala and The Villages, who experience chronic pain in the genital and anal area. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Melissa Alvarez-Perez, M.D.