Is superior hypogastric plexus block effective for treatment of chronic pelvic pain?

André P Schmidt Sérgio R G Schmidt Sady M Ribeiro About the authors

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Hypograstric plexus block has been considered a safe and effective alternative for treat patients with chronic pelvic pain. Published studies available at MedLine on the subject were included and evaluated in this review. CONTENTS: Some studies have documented superior hypogastric plexus block effectiveness in relieving pain and decreasing opioid consumption, mainly in cancer patients. However, studies had failures in method or design. CONCLUSIONS: New prospective and better-designed studies are still needed to confirm the effectiveness of hypogastric plexus block in relieving pelvic pain. These studies shall have stricter inclusion criteria, longer follow-up, and evaluation of other symptoms and quality of life before and after the procedure. Superior hypogastric plexus block should be recommended as alternative and not as primary therapy.

ANESTHETIC TECHNIQUES, Regional; PAIN, Chronic; PAIN, Chronic; SCIENTIFIC METHODOLOGY; SCIENTIFIC METHODOLOGY


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