Pelvic Pain Specialist
Embry Women’s Health has extensive expertise and advanced training in identifying the causes of pelvic pain and providing treatment to relieve symptoms, helping women throughout the Mesa, AZ, region to receive the most appropriate care so they can feel confident about their health.Pelvic pain is one of the most common symptoms encountered in women with symptoms ranging from minor to chronic and excruciating. There are many possible causes. By taking a detailed history and performing focused examination followed by appropriate laboratory and imaging studies, we can make a correct diagnosis and formulate an effective treatment plan.
Pelvic Pain Q & A
What Does Pelvic Pain Indicate?
Pelvic or abdominal pain is felt in the middle and lower parts of the abdomen and is very common in women. Frequently, pelvic or abdominal pain is treated based on when it takes place, which symptoms are present, and whether or not the woman is pregnant. Organs which can create abdominal or pelvic pain include:
- Fallopian Tubes
What causes pelvic pain?
The pelvic region comprises many structures, and as a result, there are many possible causes for acute and chronic pelvic pain, including:
- painful menstruation or ovulation
- uterine fibroids
- ovarian cysts
- ectopic pregnancy
- pelvic inflammatory disease
- internal swelling (edema)
- internal hernia
- miscarriage or intrauterine fetal death
- structural defects in the uterus or other organs
Some types of pelvic pain can emanate from issues affecting the pelvic floor, including uterine and vaginal prolapse, and sometimes, conditions occurring elsewhere, such as in the digestive system, may cause referred pelvic pain.
How can the causes of pain be diagnosed?
We use the most advanced techniques to determine the causes of pelvic pain so they can be treated appropriately. Diagnosis begins with a thorough discussion of the symptoms followed by a physical and pelvic exam and Pap test. Blood work, urinalysis and other diagnostic testing such as ultrasound, CT scan or in-office evaluations to look at the uterus, vagina, cervix and fallopian tubes may also be ordered to look for signs of specific causes.
What is a hysteroscopy?
Hysteroscopy is an in-office diagnostic exam that uses a thin, flexible instrument called a hysteroscope that is inserted through your vagina to look inside your uterus and your fallopian tubes. It can also be used to aid in performing some minor procedures as well.
What is laparoscopy?
Laparoscopy is a minimally-invasive surgical technique that uses very small incisions to perform surgical procedures and medical assessments. It offers a much faster recovery time and less discomfort compared to traditional surgery.
What treatments are available for chronic pelvic pain?
Treatment depends on the underlying cause of your pain and may include medication, minimally-invasive procedures, laparoscopic surgery or general surgery. When an underlying cause cannot be determined, your treatment will focus on relieving the symptoms.
How Will Abdominal and Pelvic Pain Be Evaluated and Treated?
Before we can treat the symptom adequately, we need to arrive at a correct diagnosis. We will need to inquire about the person’s symptoms and detailed medical history. We will also perform a physical examination. Frequently we will need to order laboratory tests such as urine test, blood test, and possibly ultrasound. Once we have a working diagnosis, we can proceed with a treatment plan which may include trial of medication, dietary changes and exercises, physical therapy, and surgery. Sometimes surgery is needed for diagnosis as well as treatment. When surgery is needed, most often this can be done with a minimally invasive approach such as laparoscopy which allows us to view the inside of the abdomen and pelvis. This procedure employs a camera inserted through a small incision which allows the surgeon to identify the problem inside the woman’s body and also treat many conditions that may be found. This is done as an outpatient and most women can return to normal activities the next day.
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JoEllen is AMAZING! Not only is she professional- she makes your whole experience comfortable. If you’re looking for a professional that never judges your situation and treats you very well- I would definitely recommend this office!
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It is refreshing to meet a practitioner who sees the whole patient and not just a series of symptoms. JoEllen is willing to spend the time to ask questions and really listen to the responses. I have seen JoEllen several times and I have always appreciated how much time she spends with each appointment and her pragmatic approach with solutions. I feel like my health drives the appointment and not the schedule. Finding JoEllen’s practice was like finding a needle in a haystack, a caring practitioner who encourages patients to listen to their bodies and to be their own best advocate.
5 Stars – 10/11/2018
Friendly staff. JoEllen is incredibly kind, patient and answers all of my questions whenever I see her. I don’t feel like I am being rushed when I am there, it is very nice.
5 Stars – 10/4/2018
I went in as a new patient just for an annual exam and Dr. Barbara Lockwood was so professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. She made sure to answer any and every question I had and she made sure I understood everything I needed to know. I have been to some offices in the past where you feel judged but she was so kind and made me feel so comfortable talking to her! I will be moving away soon but I might just have to make the drive back to see her next year!
5 Stars – 10/4/2018
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