Laparoscopic Ovarian Drilling
Laparoscopic ovarian drilling is a surgical treatment that can trigger ovulation in women who have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Electrocautery is used to destroy parts of the ovaries.
This surgery is commonly used. It can be an option for women who are still not ovulating after losing weight and trying fertility medicines.
Ovarian drilling is usually done through a small incision (laparoscopy), with general anesthesia. The surgeon makes a small cut (incision) in the abdomen at the belly button.
Ovarian drilling is sometimes used for women with PCOS who are still not ovulating after trying weight loss and fertility medicine. Destroying part of the ovaries may restore regular ovulation cycles.
For women who do not respond to treatment with medicine, such as clomiphene, about 50% of them may be able to become pregnant after they have ovarian drilling surgery. Ovarian drilling may make your menstrual cycles more regular, but over time they may become irregular again. Ovarian drilling may affect the number of eggs you have left or may cause early menopause. Talk to your doctor about these possible risks.