- Laparoscopic ovarian drilling is a surgical treatment that can trigger ovulation in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
- I offer this laparoscopic procedure to women who have PCOS and are trying to become pregnant.
- I often also prescribe metformin and clomiphene to improve pregnancy rates.
- It is day case keyhole surgery.
What is laparoscopic Ovarian Drilling?
- Ovarian Drilling is a surgical procedure done by keyhole (laparoscopic) surgery on your abdomen.
- I perform ovarian drilling under general anaesthetic, and it takes around 30 minutes.
- I drill 4 to 6 holes are drilled in each ovary using an electric current.
- The aim is to destroy the tissue that’s producing androgens (male hormones).
Why ovarian drilling?
- Since ovarian drilling was introduced in 1984, laparoscopic ovarian drilling has evolved into a safe and effective surgical treatment for anovulatory, infertile women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS),who are unresponsive to clomiphene citrate.
- It is my opinion that this procedure is as effective as gonadotropins in terms of pregnancy and live birth rates, but without the risks of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome and multiple pregnancies.
- It also will improve ovarian responsiveness to successive ovulation induction agents.
- Its favourable reproductive and endocrinal effects are sustained long-term.
To find out more about this procedure, please contact my office on [email protected] or call us on 02083711510.