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Pelvic Pain Treatment Options

Our pelvic pain physicians are fellowship-trained as minimally invasive surgeons. We will work with you to determine if surgery is necessary, and what surgery would best fit your needs. Our comprehensive options mean the best possible outcomes for you.

A surgeon's ability to perform difficult surgical procedures depends on training. Because our pelvic pain surgeons are fellowship trained and 100% dedicated to minimally invasive surgery, we are able to perform complicated procedures, including

  • Fibroid removal
  • Hysterectomy
  • Presacral Neurectomy (cutting nerves which create pain in the uterus)
  • Pudendal nerve decompression
  • Removal of adhesions (scar tissue)
  • Removal of ovaries
  • Removal of uterus with our without the ovaries
  • Resection of extensive endometriosis

Laparoscopy Surgery For Pelvic Pain

Laparoscopy is a minimally-invasive surgical technique. Traditional gynecologic surgery required a large incision across the abdomen, but with laparoscopic techniques, surgeons are able to perform advanced procedures through several (3-4) small incisions instead.

Using several small incisions, rather than one large incision, has many advantages for patients:

  • Faster recovery
  • Lack of a large scar on the abdomen
  • May leave the hospital the same day or the next morning after surgery
  • Able to return to work and daily activities faster
  • Considerably fewer restrictions in post-operative period

Laparoscopy Surgical Process

Laparoscopy is performed with a camera placed through an incision in the belly button and surgical instruments placed through the remaining incisions. Because laparoscopy is able to use a camera, surgeons have a superior view as compared to open surgery and can examine both the upper and lower part of the abdominal cavity.

Da Vinci Robotic Surgery For Pelvic Pain

Robotic surgery, more accurately called robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery, is a surgical technique using a surgical robot with laparoscopic techniques.

In traditional laparoscopy, after instruments are placed through small incisions in the abdomen, surgeons directly hold those instruments to perform the surgery. In robotic-assisted laparoscopy, those instruments are connected to the da Vinci surgical robot and operated by a surgeon through movements of joysticks at the surgeon's console.

Using a surgical robot can allow for a greater range of motion of the instruments and a three dimensional vision of the area of surgery. Because the movement of instruments by the robot is more gentle than a human hand, there is less bruising and stretching of skin. Especially for difficult-to-treat gynecologic conditions, the da Vinci robot can allow for greater precision and better suturing - meaning less blood loss and pain after surgery.

All gynecologic procedures that are performed laparoscopically can be performed with the da Vinci surgical robot. Additionally, procedures which were difficult to do with traditional laparoscopy, such as removal of multiple large fibroids, are much easier with robotic assistance.

Find a Pelvic Pain Specialist

To find a doctor who specializes in pelvic pain, call 602.406.7564.