Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Surgery isn't usually done to treat pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) unless it is needed to:
- Drain or remove a pocket of pus, such as a Reference tubo-ovarian abscess Opens New Window.
- Cut scar tissue that is causing pain. This hasn't been shown to relieve pain when the scarring is severe.Reference 3
Surgery—usually Reference laparoscopy Opens New Window— is sometimes used when a diagnosis is still unclear after other tests are done or when antibiotic treatment is not working.
Procedures that may be used to diagnose and treat the complications of PID include:
- Reference Laparoscopy. The surgeon inserts a lighted viewing instrument through a very small cut (incision). He or she can look for signs of Reference ectopic pregnancy Opens New Window or infection and scar tissue and can make repairs if necessary.
- Reference Laparotomy. The surgeon makes a small cut to look inside the belly and make repairs if necessary.
- Reference Drainage of an abscess using a needle and syringe. The doctor usually uses ultrasound to clearly see where the needle is going. This makes an incision unnecessary.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference August 7, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology