Chronic Pelvic Pain Laparoscopy
People who have ongoing (chronic) pelvic pain may choose to undergo a procedure called a laparoscopy to try and determine the cause. It is usually done on an outpatient basis, meaning you go home the same day and typically do not have to stay in the hospital.
During this procedure, a small cut is made just below or near the belly button; the laparoscope will then be inserted into your abdomen (stomach) through a small tube. The surgeon will view the inside of your abdomen on a video screen, looking for anything abnormal that might be causing chronic pelvic pain. Abnormalities are found in between 70 and 80 percent of cases, and this is usually if the pain has been in the same location for at least 6 months.
(Click Laparoscopy for Chronic Pelvic Pain to learn more about what to expect prior to, during, and after this procedure, as well as possible complications.)