Why Choose the GYN Surgical Institute for your Pelvic Procedures?
Our staff is specialized exclusively in GYN procedures with a major specialty in treating pelvic pain. Our GYN Surgical Institute has helped over 1,500 women get relief from their pelvic pain caused by Endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease and other pelvic conditions.
Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain
Endometriosis can cause painful periods, persistent pain in the pelvic area, infertility, and other symptoms. The symptoms can range from mild to severe. Treatment options include painkillers, hormone treatments, and surgery.
The endometrium is the tissue that lines the inside of the womb (uterus). Endometriosis is a condition where endometrial tissue is found outside the uterus. It is ‘trapped’ in the pelvic area and lower tummy (abdomen) and, rarely, in other areas in the body.
Patches of endometriosis can vary in size from the size of a pinhead to large clumps. Many women with endometriosis have no symptoms. If symptoms develop they can vary, and include those listed below.
- Painful menstration
- Painful sex
- Pain in the lower abdomen and pelvic area
- Other menstrual symptoms may occur like: heavy or irregular periods.
- Difficulty becoming pregnant (reduced fertility)
- Uncommon symptoms include pain on passing feces, pain in the lower tummy (abdomen) when you pass urine and very rarely, blood in the urine or feces
Endometriosis is usually confirmed by a laparoscopy. This is a small operation that involves making a small cut, under anesthetic, in the tummy (abdominal) wall below the belly button (umbilicus). A thin, telescope-like instrument (a laparoscope) is pushed through the skin to look inside. Patches of endometriosis can be seen by the doctor.
Sometimes an operation is advised to remove some of the larger patches of endometriosis. There are various techniques that can be used. Most commonly, a thin telescope-like instrument (a laparoscope) is pushed through a small cut in the abdomen. The surgeon then uses the laparoscope to see inside the abdomen and to direct heat, laser, or a beam of special helium gas to destroy patches of endometriosis. Cysts can also be removed via this kind of ‘laparoscopic surgery’ (keyhole surgery). Sometimes a more traditional operation is done with a larger cut to the abdomen to remove larger patches or cysts.
An operation may ease symptoms and increase the chance of pregnancy if infertility is a problem. If the women is past childbearing age or does not wish to have children and other treatments have not worked well, removal of the uterus (hysterectomy) and removal of the ovaries may be an option. This has a high chance of success for curing the symptoms.
More About The Pelvis
What Is the Pelvis?
The pelvis is the lower part of the trunk of the human body between the abdomen and the thighs (also called pelvic region of the trunk).
The pelvic region of the trunk includes the bony pelvis, the pelvic cavity (the space enclosed by the bony pelvis), the pelvic floor — below the pelvic cavity — and the perineum, below the pelvic floor. The pelvic skeleton is formed in the area of the back, by the sacrum and the coccyx and to the left and right sides, by a pair of hip bones. The two hip bones connect the spine with the lower limbs. The gap enclosed by the bony pelvis, called the pelvic cavity, is the section of the body underneath the abdomen and mainly consists of the reproductive organs and the rectum.
Common Pelvic Disorders
CHRONIC PELVIC INFLAMMATORY DISEASE
This can occur if a long-term infection, often sexually transmitted, causes scarring that involves your pelvic organs.
Early opening, or dilation, of the cervix during pregnancy that can lead to premature delivery. Previous procedures on the cervix are often responsible.
PELVIC CONGESTION SYNDROME
Some doctors believe enlarged, varicose-type veins around your uterus and ovaries may result in pelvic pain. However, other doctors are much less certain that pelvic congestion syndrome is a cause of pelvic pain because most women with enlarged veins in the pelvis have no associated pain.