Alternatives to hysterectomy Sciarra John
Several causes of chronic pelvic pain (CPP) are recognized, but in many women a definite diagnosis cannot be made. Few randomized controlled trials on treatment of CPP have been conducted. In a Cochrane systematic review, only medroxy-progesterone acetate, counseling, a multidisciplinary approach, and lysis of deep adhesions had a proven benefit. The aim of this descriptive review is to describe the management of CPP, which can focus on treating the pain itself, the underlying cause, or both. Combination drug therapy with medications with different mechanisms of action may improve therapeutic results. Pelvic denervating procedures should be indicated in selected circumstances, as the magnitude of the effect is undefined. Several alternative noninvasive treatments have been proposed including exercise programs, cognitive and behavioral medicine, physical therapy, dietary modification, massage, and acupuncture. When the woman has completed her family and especially when pelvic varices have been demonstrated, hysterectomy can be considered after a careful preoperative assessment. However, substantial pain relief may be achieved in no more than 60-70% of the cases. A minority of patients (3-5%) will experience worsening of pain or will develop new symptoms after surgery. Treatment of CPP generally requires acceptance of the concept of managing rather than curing symptoms.
Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2008 Aug;102(2):124-7.
Objective: To prospectively evaluate the diagnostic value of combined (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose position emission tomography and computed tomography (FDG-PET/CT) to discriminate malignant or borderline malignant tumors from benign pelvic masses. more
Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2008 Aug;102(2):110-4.
OBJECTIVE: To prospectively evaluate sexual function in women who underwent surgery for incontinence and/or prolapse using the Pelvic Organ Prolapse-Urinary Incontinence Sexual Questionnaire (PISQ), and to provide a preliminary evaluation of the PISQ’s psychometric properties for a population of women in the United Kingdom. more
Brubaker L, Nygaard I, Richter HE, Visco A, Weber AM, Cundiff GW, Fine P, Ghetti C, Brown MB; for the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.
Obstet Gynecol. 2008 Jul;112(1):49-55. Links
OBJECTIVES: To report anatomic and functional outcomes 2 years after sacrocolpopexy in stress-continent women with or without prophylactic Burch colposuspension. METHODS: In the Colpopexy and Urinary Reduction Efforts (CARE) trial, stress-continent women undergoing sacrocolpopexy were randomized to receive or not receive a Burch colposuspension. Outcomes included urinary symptoms, other pelvic symptoms, and pelvic support. more