Endometriosis is a common problem for women in their reproductive years. For many, the pain and other symptoms affect their daily lives. We can help you with treatments that relieve your symptoms and improve your quality of life.
What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis occurs when the same type of tissue that lines the uterus grows outside of the uterus. It can also grow on the fallopian tubes, ovaries or other parts of the body.
Endometriosis can cause the following symptoms:
- Pelvic pain or stomach pain
- Heavy bleeding
Non-surgical endometriosis treatment
Our team of experts includes specialists in gynecology, urology, colorectal treatments and physical therapy who work together to manage your treatment.
Your endometriosis treatment options will depend on your condition and age, and whether you want to get pregnant. Some options may include:
- Birth control pills and other hormonal treatments
- Over-the-counter pain medicines such as ibuprofen and naproxen sodium
- Physical therapy for pelvic pain
Surgery for endometriosis
Surgery is an option if you have severe pain or problems with fertility caused by endometriosis.
We use minimally invasive surgical techniques if possible. These surgeries use smaller incisions, which reduce scarring and other side effects and shorten your recovery time. These advanced techniques require the kind of extensive experience and training you’ll find here at UK.
Excision of endometriosis
The surgeon uses laparoscopic surgery to insert a small video camera through an incision in the abdomen. This minimally invasive technique allows the surgeon to see inside the body while removing — or excising — areas of endometriosis.
Laparoscopic surgery is also used to diagnose endometriosis, often during the same procedure.
Hysterectomy, the complete removal of the uterus, can relieve pain caused by severe cases of endometriosis. Your doctor will talk with you about long-term side effects of hysterectomy so you can decide if it’s the right choice for you.
We offer minimally invasive laparoscopic hysterectomy, which isn’t available at every hospital in the region. This surgery allows the surgeon to see inside the abdomen with a tiny video camera inserted through a small incision. This technique allows the surgeon to remove the uterus with smaller incisions and has a shorter recovery time than a traditional hysterectomy.