• It’s an outpatient injection that may provide excellent pain relief for numerous types of pelvic pain.
  • For those suffering from pelvic pain, opiate medications may not work very well and they have complications.
  • This procedure may lessen the need for opiates dramatically.

What is the Superior Hypogastric Plexus?

It’s a bundle of nerves situated in the area where the aorta splits at the bottom of the lumbar spine.

The plexus provides sensation and automatic nerves to a broad area of the pelvis including bladder, urethra, uterus, vagina, prostate, penis, testes, rectum and descending colon.

What conditions are Superior Hypogastric Plexus Blocks used to treat?


  • Image guidance is used
  • Patient placed prone, sedation typically used
  • 2 needles used – one from each side
  • Dye injected to ensure accurate placement
  • Numbing medicine, steroid, possibly phenol
  • Procedure takes 30 minutes