Chronic pelvic pain can make life miserable, and it’s one of the most challenging women’s health issues for doctors to diagnose and treat effectively. With the ongoing discomfort, abnormal bleeding, painful intercourse and other problems that can accompany it, pelvic pain can be frustrating and tough to deal with for any woman. Fortunately, with the help of a well-qualified, dedicated physician like Dr. Hessel, you do not have to accept pelvic pain as part of life.
Here you’ll find a highly personal approach to resolving chronic pelvic pain and treating the spectrum of underlying conditions, including:
- Endometriosis – An extremely common cause of pelvic pain, endometriosis occurs when the tissue that lines the uterus (the endometrium) grows outside the uterus and into the pelvic region and abdomen.
- Uterine fibroids – These noncancerous growths can develop inside or outside of the uterus. They can be addressed with myomectomy surgery for fibroid removal.
- Pelvic adhesions – After surgery (or serious infection) in the abdomen or pelvic region, scar tissue can adhere to organs and cause them to “stick” to other organs (for instance, the ovaries and the fallopian tubes).
- Ovarian cysts – These affect women of all ages but are most common during childbearing years. They are usually harmless, benign, fluid-filled sacs that form outside of any disease process and many disappear on their own.
No matter what’s causing your pelvic pain, you can take comfort with Dr. Hessel. As a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and an award-winning gynecologic surgeon, she has the expertise that inspires confidence – and the compassion that matters when you’re dealing with this intensely personal issue. Your treatment plan may include medications and other nonsurgical options. You may also benefit from a laparoscopic procedure to address the cause of your pelvic pain.
Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical technique that requires only tiny incisions. For most women, laparoscopic surgery offers a remarkably quick, comfortable recovery. It’s extremely effective in treating many gynecologic conditions.
Dr. Hessel has extensive experience with these techniques and performs them at some of the finest facilities in our area. If laparoscopy is right for you, she’ll make sure you know exactly what to expect and give you complete answers to all your questions and concerns. Your comfort and well-being matter, especially when you need any kind of surgical care to resolve your pelvic pain.