Determining the precise cause of pelvic pain can be very challenging.
Rather than considered a gynecologic condition, long-standing (chronic) pelvic pain is usually a result of disturbances in bowel, bladder or pelvic muscle function.
In some cases, the cause of pain cannot be identified and treatment focuses on comprehensive pain management.
Common gynecologic conditions that may cause long-standing pelvic pain include:
- Uterine fibroids
- Ovarian cysts
- Severe pelvic adhesions from prior surgery or infection
Minimally invasive surgical procedures for the diagnosis and treatment of gynecologic causes of chronic pelvic pain include:
- Laparoscopic myomectomy
- Hysteroscopic myomectomy
- Laparoscopic or total hysterectomy
- Laparoscopic ovarian cystectomy (remove the cyst but not the ovary) or removal of the ovary
- Laparoscopic removal of endometriosis
- Laparoscopic removal of pelvic adhesions