Chronic pelvic pain is more common than you might think. About one in seven women experiences it. Pelvic pain surgery is one treatment for relieving the pain.
At Dignity Health Southern California, we want you to fully understand all of your treatment options. Our doctors take the time to explain the benefits and risks of any treatment and help you weigh them. Use our online Find a Doctor tool to make an appointment to discuss surgery for endometriosis, surgery for pelvic adhesions (scars), or fibroid surgery at Dignity Health hospitals located in Long Beach, Northridge, Downtown LA, Glendale, and the Inland Empire.
Why We Perform Surgery for Pelvic Pain
Our doctors use surgery to treat pelvic pain caused by:
- Pelvic adhesions, scar tissue inside the body that may be due to previous surgery or an inflammatory disease such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
- Uterine fibroids, non-cancerous growths on the uterus.
- Endometriosis, patches of endometrial tissue growing outside of the uterus. Surgery to remove this tissue may improve fertility.
Doctors may also perform surgery to sever nerves if other treatments have failed.
What to Expect From Pelvic Pain Surgery at Dignity Health Southern California
Your doctor will recommend a type of surgery based on your underlying condition, overall health, medical history, age, and reproductive goals.
Types of surgery for pelvic pain include:
- Open abdominal surgery, which requires an incision on the abdomen. This may be needed due to the size and location of the underlying problem.
- Hysteroscopic surgery performed through the vagina and cervix. A surgeon may use this approach to remove uterine fibroids.
- Hysterectomy, which is the removal of the entire uterus. (You will not be able to have children after this procedure.)
- Minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery. A surgeon will make a few tiny incisions in the abdomen and use a light and camera to see inside the body and remove the cause of pain.
- Presacral neurectomy to sever some of the nerves in the pelvis.
Every surgery has risks. Your doctor will talk with you about ways to minimize your risks.
Recovery After Surgery for Pelvic Pain
After surgery, you will likely recover overnight in the hospital. Your doctor can prescribe medication to ease post-surgical pain. Vaginal bleeding or spotting is normal. Be sure to avoid having sex, using tampons, or inserting anything in your vagina until your doctor says it’s safe.
Many women find relief from pelvic pain after surgery. Your doctor at Dignity Health Southern California will closely monitor your healing process to make sure you are recovering smoothly.
Dignity Health offers minimally invasive surgery for pelvic pain in Southern California.