The patient is administered a mild sedative. Our physicians use a fluoroscopic unit (real time x-ray) and nerve stimulator to localize the pudendal nerve. Using a stimulating needle, a small amount of electrical current is passed along the distribution of the pudendal nerve. The patient will feel a tingling sensation in the area innervated by the pudendal nerve.
Next, a small amount of local anesthetic and possibly cortisone (steroid) is injected. The steroid works as an anti-inflammatory, reduces compression and pain. The procedure offers diagnostic and therapeutic value.
Numbness and pain relief identifies the pudendal nerve as the likely cause. However, the cause of pain may involve other nerves, as there are many nerves in the pelvic region. Other causes of pudenal neuralgia include:
Other treatable causes of pelvic pain must be ruled out by your gynecologist or urologist.
If you have been diagnosed with pudenal neuralgia, or are interested in learning about treatment options to manage your pain, please contact our pain management experts at The Spine and Pain Institute of New York in Manhattan, New York and Staten Island, New York. We would be happy to make an appointment for a consultation and provide additional information about other treatment options.