Surgery for pelvic pain can provide relief and improve your quality of life
In most cases, pelvic pain can be treated with conservative or therapeutic measures, but when these methods do not provide relief, our Round Rock obgyns may feel that surgery for pelvic pain is the right answer for you.
If a patient is experiencing acute pelvic pain due to a medical emergency such as an ectopic pregnancy or ovarian torsion, we may need to perform surgery for pelvic pain right away.
Laparoscopic surgery may provide relief for chronic pain
Laparoscopy can be used for diagnosing problems and for treatment. The laparoscope is a thin, lighted instrument with an attached camera that allows our surgeons to view your pelvic region and identify problems.
The laparoscope can also be fitted with surgical instruments to perform surgery for pelvic pain. This minimally invasive surgical technique only requires very small incisions through which we insert the laparoscope.
There are several advantages to laparoscopic surgery, including: shorter recovery time, faster healing, less pain and scarring and lower risk of infection.
Most of the time, we perform laparoscopic surgery for pelvic pain to remove adhesions or polyps related to endometriosis. We also employ the technique for cysts and fibroids.
Hysterectomies can be an appropriate treatment for some women
Sometimes a woman who has chronic pelvic pain may opt to have a hysterectomy to remove her uterus. During a hysterectomy surgery for pelvic pain, we may remove other organs. Here is some terminology you should know.
- Salpingectomy—removal of the fallopian tubes
- Oophorectomy—removal of ovaries
- Salpingo-oophorectomy—removal of ovaries and fallopian tubes
Our Round Rock obgyns will discuss which type of surgery for pelvic pain is right for you, and how we will perform the procedure. We perform most hysterectomies laparoscopically or vaginally.
A vaginal hysterectomy allows us to remove the uterus through the vagina without leaving a scar. Like a laparoscopy, this type of surgery offers shorter recovery time and less risk, and it is the recommended procedure for hysterectomies whenever possible.
Some women, especially those who are age 30 or younger, will continue to experience pain after having surgery for pelvic pain. This is especially true for women who have a pelvic floor dysfunction, such as pelvic organ prolapse or a history of chronic pelvic inflammatory disease.
It is very important to rule out other causes of pelvic pain before proceeding to surgery. Our Round Rock obgyns employ their excellent diagnostic skills to ensure that we have an accurate diagnosis and have devised a proper treatment protocol. If you have pelvic pain or need a second opinion about your current treatment, contact us.