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04/09/2009

Controversial Pain Surgery Proved Unnecessary

Medical research funded by Wellbeing of Women and published this week in the American Journal of the American Medical Association has highlighted that a commonly used procedure for the alleviation of pelvic pain has no benefit to patients. British investigators reported that the laparoscopic nerve ablation failed to improve the symptoms of chronic pelvic pain compared with the laparoscopy alone.

Jane Daniels from the University of Birmingham explained that the research had shown that neither pain nor quality of life was improved following the treatment.

Bilateral laparoscopic uterosacral nerve ablation know as LUNA, researchers claim “was adopted by many practitioners because afferent nerves from pelvic organs pass through the uterosacral ligament, and it was thought that disruption of these would reduce the perceived pain’. It was explained by the researchers that “LUNA did not alleviate any type of pain –or improve quality of life, irrespective of the presence or absence of mild endometriosis.’

All surgical procedures carry some risk, and as there was some controversy over the procedure and it’s effectiveness Daniels and her colleagues conducted this trial in order to provide a definitive answer to the procedures value and prevent unnecessary invasive surgery.

For further information please contact Wellbeing of Women’s Press and Media Officer, Joanna Abbiss-Stubbs on 020 7772 6317 or email jabbiss-stubbs@wellbeingofwomen.org.uk.

Medical research funded by Wellbeing of Women and published this week in the American Journal of the American Medical Association has highlighted that a commonly used procedure for the alleviation of pelvic pain has no benefit to patients. British investigators reported that the laparoscopic nerve ablation failed to improve the symptoms of chronic pelvic pain compared with the laparoscopy alone.

Jane Daniels from the University of Birmingham explained that the research had shown that neither pain nor quality of life was improved following the treatment.

Bilateral laparoscopic uterosacral nerve ablation know as LUNA, researchers claim “was adopted by many practitioners because afferent nerves from pelvic organs pass through the uterosacral ligament, and it was thought that disruption of these would reduce the perceived pain’. It was explained by the researchers that “LUNA did not alleviate any type of pain –or improve quality of life, irrespective of the presence or absence of mild endometriosis.’

All surgical procedures carry some risk, and as there was some controversy over the procedure and it’s effectiveness Daniels and her colleagues conducted this trial in order to provide a definitive answer to the procedures value and prevent unnecessary invasive surgery.

For further information please contact Wellbeing of Women’s Press and Media Officer, Joanna Abbiss-Stubbs on 020 7772 6317 or email jabbiss-stubbs@wellbeingofwomen.org.uk.

 

 

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