Alternatives to Laparoscopy for Chronic Pelvic Pain
Major Abdominal Surgery
A surgical alternative to laparoscopic surgery is major abdominal surgery. However, this alternative carries greater risks, requires a much longer period to recover, and causes more pain and discomfort. Therefore, when laparoscopic surgery is possible, diagnosis and treatment can be achieved at a lower risk and with less discomfort.
Additional tests to help diagnose chronic pelvic pain can include testing on the intestines and bladder to look for causes of chronic pelvic pain that don't involve your reproductive structures.
In some cases of chronic pelvic pain, medication can be used to help decrease or eliminate the pain. One choice of medication is Lupron®. This treatment is effective in certain people with chronic pelvic pain.
If you have questions about possible alternatives to laparoscopy for chronic pelvic pain in your particular situation, you should discuss the different alternatives with your healthcare provider and decide which one, if any, is right for you.