Ilioinguinal and Iliohypogastric Nerve Injury
Find out more about ilioinguinal and iliohypogastric nerve injury and how Torrance Pain Institute can help you manage your pain, improve your quality of life, and get back to doing the things you enjoy.
What is ilioinguinal and iliohypogastric nerve injury?
The ilioinguinal nerve branches off the first lumbar nerve which is located near the lower back. This nerve branches out into the upper thigh muscles and all the way down to parts of the groin. This nerve gives sensation to these areas. The ilioinguinal nerve communicates with the iliohypogastric nerve which is responsible for regulating the diaphragm and the areas around it.
These nerves may be injured during certain abdominal operations such as hernia surgery, C-section, hysterectomy, and open appendectomy which lead to pain in the thighs and labia majora and weakening of muscle fibers.
What causes ilioinguinal and iliohypogastric nerve injury?
Injury to the ilioinguinal and iliohypogastric can be caused by abdominal surgeries such as hernia surgeries, open appendectomy, C-section, and hysterectomy. Although nerve pain should go away after the surgery, permanent damage occurs in some cases. The nerve damage causes pain that can affect your ability to function properly.
What are the symptoms of ilioinguinal and iliohypogastric nerve injury?
Symptoms of ilioinguinal nerve injury include:
- Burning or stabbing pain, numbness, or tingling in the lower abdomen and groin
- Difficulty extending the back as this movement causes more pain
- Difficulty with sitting, standing and walking.
Symptoms of iliohypogastric nerve injury include:
- Burning or lancinating pain following an abdominal surgery which extends from the surgery site to the groin
- Discomfort in the affected area
- Pain during movement
What is the treatment for ilioinguinal and iliohypogastric nerve injury?
The debilitating pain caused by injury to the ilioinguinal and iliohypogastric nerves can be treated with an ilioinguinal and iliohypogastric nerve block. This treatment involves anesthetic and cortisone injection around the nerves to eliminate pain and improve mobility around the area. To learn more about ilioinguinal and iliohypogastric nerve block in Torrance, contact our pain management expert at Torrance Pain Institute.