Laparoscopic Ovarian Drilling

Laparoscopic Ovarian Drilling

The surgeons of Punya Hospital explain this as Laparoscopic ovarian drilling (LOD) is a surgical procedure used to treat infertility in women who have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is a condition that causes hormonal imbalances in women, leading to irregular ovulation and often infertility.

The procedure of the surgery

During LOD, a surgeon makes a small incision in the abdomen and inserts a laparoscope (a thin, lighted tube with a camera) to view the ovaries. The surgeon then uses a laser or needle to puncture the ovary several times, which can reduce the number of androgens (male hormones) produced by the ovary and improve ovulation.

LOD is generally considered a safe and effective procedure, with a success rate of around 60-80% for inducing ovulation and improving fertility in women with PCOS. However, as with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved, such as bleeding, infection, and damage to surrounding organs.

Why do you need laparoscopic ovarian drilling surgery?

If a woman is suffering from PCOS and is not able to ovulate even after losing weight and medication, this surgery can be done by surgeons. 

What more to expect in surgery?


We, being in the healthcare sector for over 23+ years and have served various patients, can advise patients to go home the same day. Women can resume their normal day-to-day activities after 24 hours. Sometimes it varies from person to person, and how quickly they recover. 

Risks involved in the surgery

The success rate of the surgery is around 60-80%. Some risks are involved in the surgery which is explained by our experts as

1. Infection.

2. Bleeding from the incision and internal bleeding.

3. Accidental injury by the tools.

4. Pelvic pain after the surgery

5. Scarring inside the body

Summing up

Laparoscopic ovarian drilling treats infertility in women who have PCOS. We, at Punya Hospital, also advise that LOD may not be appropriate for all women with PCOS, and other treatments such as medications and lifestyle changes may be recommended first. It is important to discuss all treatment options with a healthcare provider to determine the best approach for each individual.

Our Team

Dr. Punyavathi C Nagaraj

Senior Consultant- Gynaecologist and Laparoscopic Surgeon