Prospective randomized trial of right-sided paracolic adhesiolysis for chronic pelvic pain.

Martin D. Keltz, Puja Sharma Gera, David L. Olive

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BACKGROUND: Prior study has shown that right paracolic adhesions are found in 90% of patients with chronic pelvic pain and less frequently in pain-free patients. We set out to determine whether paracolic adhesiolysis will reduce site-specific pain. METHODS: This was a prospective, randomized trial of right paracolic adhesiolysis at the time of diagnostic and operative laparoscopy for chronic pelvic pain. Twenty-five patients with a diagnosis of chronic pelvic pain were randomized to either undergo or withhold lysis of right paracolic adhesions at the time of operative laparoscopy. RESULTS: Right paracolic adhesions were found in 100% of our patients. For all subjects, there was a significant reduction of right and left lower quadrant pain (P<0.001) following the operative laparoscopy. Those who underwent right paracolic adhesiolysis had significantly greater right pelvic pain reduction than those who did not (P=0.014). There was no difference in the reduction of left or mid pelvic pain between the treatment and control groups. CONCLUSIONS: Right paracolic adhesiolysis reduces short-term site-specific tenderness in patients with chronic pelvic pain. Patients who would benefit from diagnostic or operative laparoscopy are likely to benefit further from paracolic adhesiolysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)443-446
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes


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