Pudendal Nerve Block

Pudendal Nerve Block Injections are advanced nonsurgical diagnostic and pain relief treatments performed by the region’s leading pain management experts at Nassau Anesthesia Associates, P.C., a medical group affiliated with Winthrop-University Hospital on Long Island, NY.

In addition to providing anesthesia care for patients before, during, and after surgery, Nassau Anesthesia Associates has anesthesiologists with advanced training in the field of pain management. We utilize the most advanced nonsurgical techniques for treating acute and chronic pain that hasn’t responded to more conservative treatments.

Image-guided pudendal nerve blocks use a local anesthetic to block the pudendal nerve, which is located in the pelvis near the tailbone behind the sacrospinous ligament. The pudendal nerve provides the majority of the sensations and functions of the external genitals, urethra, anus, sphincter, sphincter muscles of the bladder, and the perineum.

The Pudendal Nerve Block Procedure

The pudendal nerve block involves injecting anesthetic at a precise location near the pudendal nerve. Since the pudendal nerve is so small and its location varies from one person’s body to another, it requires the guidance of an imaging scan such as an X-ray, MRI, ultrasound, or CT. Without the accuracy of imaging systems, it’s difficult for our anesthesiologists to know if the needle tip is located in the correct spot. Accurate positioning prevents nerve damage and delivers optimal pain management results.

Reasons for a Discogram

As a diagnostic tool, a pudendal nerve block is used to determine if existing symptoms can be eliminated by numbing the nerve. This allows the anesthesiologist to determine the source of the problem, such as a pudendal neuralgia diagnosis, and decide which corrective procedures or surgeries may be needed.

An image guided pudendal nerve block is an important diagnostic test for pudendal neuralgia following a patient history and physical examination.  Pudendal neuralgia is often caused by damage to the pudendal nerve in both women and men. Symptoms include vague pains, stabbing pains, burning sensations,

pin pricking, numbness, twisting, cold sensations, and pulling sensations in the genital area and may extend to the groin, inner legs, buttocks, and abdomen.

As a therapeutic pain management treatment, pudendal nerve block injections are often used for pudendal nerve entrapment as well as for a variety of gynecological procedures such as:

  • Vaginal deliveries

  • Episiotomies

  • Minor surgeries of the vagina

  • Minor surgeries of the perineum

  • Pain relief for the perineum, vulva, and vagina

Meet our Elite Team of Anesthesiologists and Pain Management Specialists

The highly skilled anesthesiologists at Nassau Anesthesia Associates, P.C. have several additional years of anesthesia specialty training such as cardiac, pediatric, or intensive care medicine.

Our affiliation with renowned Winthrop-University Hospital provides our patients with complete access to Winthrop’s vast resources including physicians and state-of-the-art operating rooms and facilities.

The Winthrop-University Hospital Advantage

Nassau Anesthesia Associates’ affiliation with renowned Winthrop-University Hospital provides our patients with complete access to Winthrop’s vast resources including physicians and state-of-the-art operating rooms and facilities.