Day 1: Postgraduate Course - Saturday November 9, 2019

PELV-611: Pelvic Pain


Saturday, November 9, 2019


12:30 pm – 4:30 pm


Room 110



In affiliation with International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS)

Presented in cooperation with the AAGL Special Interest Group on Pelvic Pain




Diana T. Atashroo, Smitha Vilasagar


Jorge F. Carrillo, Mario E. Castellanos

Course Description

Chronic pelvic pain (CPP) is a poorly understood but highly prevalent condition, and there is little robust evidence to guide effective durable treatments. As clinicians, we play a special role in the care of women with CPP, and it is important to educate providers on the basics of caring for these patients. This course is designed for clinicians who are novices in diagnosis and management of CPP conditions or those who have a desire to expand their knowledge regarding non-invasive and invasive treatments. It is imperative for gynecologic surgeons to understand when to offer a surgical procedure and acknowledge pearls to consider peri-operatively. We will also review the evidence behind alternative therapies e.g., acupuncture, cannabis, and relevant topics such as policies and practices in light of the opioid epidemic.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant will be able to: 1) Implement principles in the history and physical exam for the chronic pelvic pain patient; 2) evaluate the critical literature for surgical and non-surgical treatment options specific to chronic pelvic pain; 3) discuss multiple modalities useful in the management of pelvic pain; and 4) identify uses of opioid therapy in managing chronic pelvic pain.

Course Outline

12:30Welcome, Introductions, and Course OverviewD.T. Atashroo, S. Vilasagar
12:35Reconstructing Humpty Dumpty: History and Physical Exam PearlsJ.F. Carrillo
1:00Bringing Sanity to the Use of Opioids: Alternative Therapies for Pelvic Pain ManagementD.T. Atashroo
1:25Walking the Line: Optimizing Perioperative Pain Management of the Chronic Pelvic Pain PatientS. Vilasagar
1:50To Cut or Not to Cut? Maximizing Surgical Success in the Pain PatientM.E. Castellanos
2:15Questions & AnswersAll Faculty
2:40Painful Sex: Still a Painful Secret? Journey into Sexual PainS. Vilasagar
3:05Botox, Nerve Blocks, and Implants, Oh My!M.E. Castellanos
3:30Experience You Can Trust: Multidisciplinary Pain ManagementJ.F. Carrillo
3:55The Psychological Science behind Pain ReliefD.T. Atashroo
4:20Questions & AnswersAll Faculty