Laparoscopic and psychologic evaluation of women with chronic pelvic pain.

Academic Article


  • OBJECTIVE: Pelvic pain can account for up to 40 percent of laparoscopies performed by gynecologists. This report compares the psychological profiles and efficacy of laparoscopic surgery at long-term follow-up in a series of laparoscopy-positive and laparoscopy-negative patients with chronic pelvic pain. METHOD: A retrospective chart review was performed on patients diagnosed with chronic pelvic pain combined with postoperative written questionnaires and self-rating scales. These questionnaires were used to assess long-term post laparoscopy follow-up of the physical and psychological status of women with positive findings at laparoscopy compared to those women with negative findings. RESULTS: There were no statistically significant demographic differences between respondents and nonrespondents. In the respondents, no statistically significant differences were noted even with long-term follow-up when comparing responses of the laparoscopy-positive and laparoscopy-negative groups on the above questionnaires. CONCLUSION: Though reporting modest improvement in pelvic pain since laparoscopy, both groups reported a high incidence of anxiety, depression, physical worries, and marital/sexual problems.
  • Keywords

  • Adult, Attitude to Health, Chronic Disease, Female, Follow-Up Studies, Gynecologic Surgical Procedures, Humans, Laparoscopy, Mental Disorders, Middle Aged, Patient Selection, Pelvic Pain, Retrospective Studies, Surveys and Questionnaires, Treatment Outcome
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 2009548
  • Author List

  • Richter HE; Holley RL; Chandraiah S; Varner RE
  • Start Page

  • 243
  • End Page

  • 253
  • Volume

  • 28
  • Issue

  • 2