[Pudendal nerve surgery in the management of chronic pelvic and perineal pain]

Prog Urol. 2010 Nov;20(12):1084-8. doi: 10.1016/j.purol.2010.09.016. Epub 2010 Oct 14.
[Article in French]


Objective: To define the place of pudendal nerve surgery in pudendal nerve entrapment syndromes.

Materials and methods: Description of the various surgical techniques and published results.

Results: The original surgical technique, which remains the reference technique, consists of performing surgical release of the pudendal nerve from the infrapiriformis foramen to Alcock's canal via a transgluteal approach. This surgical procedure is safe and gives encouraging results validated by a prospective, randomized protocol: 66 to 80% of patients are improved. Other transvaginal or transperineal approaches have also been proposed.

Conclusion: Pudendal nerve surgery is a reasonable treatment option when all other treatments have failed. However, the various techniques proposed and their respective criticisms must be carefully evaluated.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Chronic Disease
  • Humans
  • Neurosurgical Procedures
  • Pelvic Pain / surgery*
  • Pelvis / innervation
  • Perineum*