What is the role of topical anesthesia in the administration of dorsal penile nerve block?

Updated: May 21, 2018
  • Author: Gil Z Shlamovitz, MD, FACEP; Chief Editor: Meda Raghavendra (Raghu), MD  more...
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The use of topical anesthetic cream is recommended for all penile procedures. [5]

Eutectic mixture of local anesthetics (EMLA) cream is commonly used. [6]

The cream should be left on the skin area for at least 45 minutes before the planned procedure.

For more information, see Anesthesia, Topical.

Patients who do not achieve adequate anesthesia with the topical application of an anesthetic cream should receive either a local anesthetic infiltration or a penile block. [3]


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