Chronic pelvic pain can be quite distressing and excruciating to the point of affecting your ability to walk or significantly interfering with your life. Occasional pain on your lower abdomen due to menstruation or sex may not be a cause of alarm, but if it proves persistent, you may need immediate medical attention. Darin Swainston, MD, FACOG is a Summerlin pelvic pain expert who provides effective and safe treatment options that ensure your comfort and quick recovery.
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What can pelvic pain do to you?
Pelvic pain refers to pain occurring on your pelvis and lower part of the abdomen. Pelvic pain can be described as chronic or acute, depending on its intensity and can be experienced continuously or occasionally, such as during sexual intercourse or menstruation. Dr. Swainston considers pelvic pain as chronic if it lasts for six months or more.
What makes you susceptible to pelvic pain?
Several causes of chronic pelvic pain do not necessarily have to do with your reproductive system. Some of the reproductive system conditions that may result in chronic pelvic pain include pelvic inflammatory, menstruation, ectopic pregnancy, endometriosis, congested pelvic syndrome, uterine fibroids, and ovarian cysts. There are cases where pelvic pain may be because of certain diseases such as ulcerative colitis, kidney stones, appendicitis, diverticulitis, constipation, and intestinal cystitis.
How do you know you suffer from pelvic pain?
Dr. Swainston may need to review your medical history and conduct a thorough examination to find out the root cause of your pain. You may also be required to undergo some lab tests to check for conditions such as gonorrhea and chlamydia, which usually cause pelvic pain.
What treatment options for chronic pelvic pain can help you manage the situation faster?
Before identifying the appropriate treatment for you, Dr. Swainston and his team examine you to determine the root cause of your unbearable pain. Afterward, he will create a treatment plan customized for you to address the underlying cause of the pain and prevent reoccurrence. The treatments available have a safe record and are highly effective. Dr. Swainston offers treatment plans such as physical therapy, lifestyle adjustments, medication, and surgery in severe cases. Some of the surgical procedures offered include hysterectomy, fulguration of endometriosis, and assisted lysis of adhesion. The team ensures you are well prepared and comfortable before beginning the treatment procedures.
What are the benefits and risks associated with surgical pelvic procedures?
Due to the use of general anesthesia, these procedures pose certain risks. Dr. Swainston offers minimally invasive surgeries with low risks and promotes faster recovery without complications. Surgery is an option in cases where the benefits dwarf the risks involved. Before preparing you for surgery, the team extensively discusses the benefits and risks involved to enable you to make a more informed decision.
Do not allow chronic pelvic pain to limit your mobility or restrain you from going about your daily activities when there are simple treatment options. For more information, make a direct call to the office or schedule your appointment online.