Endometriosis Treatment via Laparoscopic Surgery to Reduce Scarring
Many women with endometriosis proceed through life with constant pain and other symptoms, never knowing the culprit. It is estimated one in ten women in the United States have the condition. The good news is there may be help to alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with the condition.
At Southern Oklahoma Women’s Health, endometriosis patients find comfort in Dr. Henry Ramirez's experience in both the diagnosis and treatment of the condition.
What is endometriosis?
The disorder of endometriosis occurs in and around the female reproductive system. Within the uterine wall, a special type of tissue called endometrium builds up and sheds when the monthly egg is unfertilized (menstruation). In those with endometriosis, not all of the endometrium lining is released. Rather, it attaches to organs surrounding the uterus creating lesions. The lesions cause a variety of painful problems.
There are countless myths regarding endometriosis, but it is important to note the condition can begin early on around a female’s initial period as a youth. There is no complete cure—pregnancy and hysterectomies do not rid endometriosis contrary to some beliefs.
The Endometriosis Foundation of America states the average time to diagnose a patient for the condition is 10 years.
Under the careful hands of Dr. Ramirez, you don’t have to suffer an entire decade due to endometriosis. In one laparoscopic procedure, our physicians can take the guessing out of diagnosis and produce pathology confirmation through a small tissue biopsy.
Symptoms of endometriosis:
· Excessive cramping
· Lengthy periods
· Extra heavy menstrual flow
· Pain during sex
· Infertility (30-40 percent of women with the condition struggle with infertility)
· Bowel or urinary difficulties
Once endometriosis is confirmed, we can discuss treatment options. Depending on your particular needs, we can utilize a variety of methods. One preferred approach is laparoscopic excision surgery to remove the lesions on the surface and within the tissue. The excision method can provide long term results while other options such as ablation and cauterization to remove surface lesions may not last as long.
Other approaches include the use of IUDs, pain killers, oral contraceptives and GnRH therapy. For those patients having difficulty conceiving, fertility may be improved with treatment. The sooner a patient is diagnosed with the condition, the better the treatment results will be.