Exploring PCOS Surgery Options: Is It a Viable Treatment?

Surgery for PCOS:

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that prevents ovulation from occurring, thus leading to infertility. This syndrome causes the ovaries to produce an abnormal amount of androgens which are male sex hormones that are usually present in women in small concentrations.

 There is only one surgery that can be performed on a patient of PCOS:

  • Laparoscopic ovarian drilling:

Laparoscopic ovarian drilling is a surgery that can help a woman resume ovulation. Ovarian drilling begins with the surgeon making a small incision, while the patient undergoes general anaesthesia. The incision is made in the abdomen at the belly button. 

The surgeon then inserts a tube to inflate the abdomen by pumping a small amount of carbon dioxide gas to allow him or her to insert the viewing instrument (laparoscope) without damaging the internal organs. The surgeon uses the laparoscope to look at and examine the internal organs.

Then a laser is pointed at certain parts of the ovary which burns them. Destroying these parts of the ovary, can trigger ovulation.


Risks of Laparoscopic Ovarian Drilling:

As with any surgery, there are risks. People who undergo a laparoscopic ovarian drilling take the following risks:

  • Infection within and around the incision.
  • Bleeding from the abdominal incision.
  • Bleeding internally.
  • Accidental injuries to internal organs or major blood vessels, caused by the laparoscope or surgical instruments.
  • Pain after the surgery, as a result of inflating the abdomen with gas.
  • Problems from anaesthesia.
  • Adhesions or scarring within the body.


Is Laparoscopic Ovarian Drilling a Viable Treatment?

Ovarian drilling is a procedure used for women with PCOS who cannot ovulate after trying other medications. Destroying certain areas within the ovaries may help restore the woman’s regular ovulation cycles. Studies have shown that for women who do not respond to treatment with medicine, laparoscopic ovarian drilling can help them to become pregnant.

Another benefit from this PCOS surgical treatment is that after the procedure, you will be able to go home on the same day and resume your normal activities within 24 hours. Your ability to return to normal activities will depend on the recovery time of your surgery, which may be as little as a few days or as long as 2 to 4 weeks.

To minimize these risks, it is important that you select a doctor that has a lot of experience performing this surgical procedure. The Chennai PCOS Clinic has many such doctors who have been treating patients via laparoscopic ovarian drillings for many years. They collectively have many years of experience which is why they are very successful. The skill and ability of our doctors and surgeons are why we are often considered the best PCOS clinic in Chennai. So, if you have PCOS and want a surgical treatment, then come to us.

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