Ovarian Drilling is a surgical method used to treat Polycystic Ovaries Syndrome (PCOS). This procedure can help you become pregnant by regulating the hormone levels and stimulating ovulation.
Ovarian Drilling is a minimum invasive surgery performed laparoscopically. It is performed under a general anesthesia. It is performed by making small incisions in your abdomen and inserting a laparoscope through it. In PCOS, the ovaries have a thick layer which prevents ovulation. Through Ovarian Drilling the outer thick layer is broken into pieces and destroyed. This decrease testosterone secretion and boosts fertility.
Most women become pregnant within one year of ovarian drilling. Your chances of getting pregnant with fertility medications also increase after this procedure. The benefits of ovarian drilling are short lived in some cases and there is a recurrence of PCOS symptoms or fertility problems.
PCOS treatment using Ovarian Drilling is recommended only as a last option if medications and alternative treatments fail to deliver desired results. The risks associated with the procedure are
- After effects of using general anesthesia
- Internal organs damage
- Too much destruction of the ovary resulting in egg depletion and early menopause.
- Formation of scar tissue between ovaries and fallopian tube resulting in fertility problems.
Talk to your doctor regarding the possible risks and benefits before the surgery.
Recovery is usually fast and you can return to your normal activities within a couple of weeks.