Endometriosis is a common health problem for women that causes severe pain and can interfere with the ability to become pregnant. Franciscan Health offers minimally invasive endometriosis surgery to treat this condition.
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Minimally Invasive Endometriosis Surgery
Endometriosis is one of the most common health problems for women. It is a painful disorder in which tissue normally located in the lining of the uterus grows outside the uterus in other areas of the body. Endometriosis can interfere with a woman's fertility and ability to become pregnant. It can also cause severe pelvic pain and abnormal bleeding, especially during menstruation.
Diagnostic laparoscopy is the definitive method for diagnosing endometriosis. During laparoscopy, the surgeon determines the number, size and location of endometrial implants and adhesions. This information can help in staging endometriosis and in making treatment decisions.
Endometriosis treatment options
When the symptoms of endometriosis are severe or affect a woman's quality of life, surgery is often recommended. There are two surgical options for treating endometriosis:
- da Vinci® Endometrosis Resection - robotic-assisted, minimally invasive surgery to treat endometriosis. This procedure allows for a thorough removal of deeply penetrated or widespread endometrial implants – while preserving your uterus. Unlike conventional open and laparoscopic surgery, da Vinci® Endometrosis Resection offers the added benefit of computer and robotic-assisted technology, with the goal of minimizing the risk of your endometriosis returning.
- Hysterectomy is another surgical option for the treatment of endometriosis. This procedure involves removing the uterus and other organs affected by endometriosis, such as the ovaries or fallopian tubes. Hysterectomy is often recommended for patients who do not desire a future pregnancy.
Should I have endometriosis surgery?
Surgery may be an option for women who:
- Have severe pain that does not respond to watchful waiting and medical treatment
- Want to become pregnant, and endometriosis is most likely the major contributor to infertility