Adhesions are internal, scar-tissue bands that occasionally cause independent organs and tissues to stick to one another. Adhesions occurring in the pelvic region are often due to infection, previous surgeries, or endometriosis. These scar-tissue bands can cause ovarian cysts, problems with fertility, and organ complications. There are a number of options for pelvic adhesions treatment in Cleveland. Meet with our caring gynecologist in Lyndhurst or Westlake today to determine what medical options may be best in your situation.
Diagnosing the Cause of Pelvic Adhesions
Most often, pelvic adhesions are the result of some other, underlying disease or complication. Two common culprits are endometriosis and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Pre-existing ailments help lead practitioners in the right direction. Pelvic adhesions, however, are still often difficult to diagnose. As such, a doctor may not be able to determine whether adhesions exist by doing a pelvic examination. Ultrasounds, MRI, and CT scans are often inefficient at detecting pelvic adhesions as well.
Because diagnosing pelvic adhesions can be difficult, it is often best for women in Cleveland to see a specialist with knowledge and experience in treating pelvic pain. A specialist could review your health history and use their knowledge from previous patients to pinpoint the likely cause of pain. They may recommend having a laparoscopy to determine if you have, and potentially treat, pelvic adhesions.
How Does a Doctor Treat Pelvic Adhesions?
To find pelvic adhesions, a procedure called a diagnostic laparoscopy is performed. A laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to examine the abdominal organs. This procedure is low-risk and only requires some small incisions, not open surgery. To perform this diagnostic procedure, a doctor uses an instrument called a laparoscope to view the abdominal organs. A laparoscope is a thin tube with a high-resolution camera and light at one end. The tube is inserted through a small incision in the abdominal wall and the camera sends images to a video monitor for the doctor to see in real time. If no pelvic adhesions are discovered, the source of your pain is unlikely to be this formation of scar tissue. In this situation, no internal surgery is completed.
If pelvic adhesions are found during the laparoscopy, the surgeon can remove them during this procedure. This prevents you from having to undergo two surgeries and two recovery processes. The surgeon can determine where and how significant the adhesions are, as well as sometimes determine the cause.
Follow Up After a Laparoscopy
Once you have recovered from your laparoscopy, you will have a post-operative appointment. Your pain should be remedied if pelvic adhesions were to blame. If your pain persists, there is a chance that you had pelvic adhesions, but you are suffering from a different ailment. Make sure to work with your physician to figure out what is actually causing the pain. There are other ailments that can cause similar symptoms.
Speak with a Cleveland Gynecologist About Treatment for Pelvic Adhesions
If you are seeking pelvic adhesions treatment in Cleveland, call our office today and set up an appointment with our experienced OBGYN. Pelvic pain can be frustrating and make your daily life more difficult. You do not have to live in pain any longer. Contact us at our offices in Lyndhurst and Westlake to determine whether your abdominal pain is caused by pelvic adhesions and get them treated today.