Endometriosis is a condition that occurs when tissue that is very similar to the lining of the uterus, or endometrium, migrates outside of the womb, where the tissue is not supposed to be. The result is inflammation, as the tissue responds to the monthly fluctuations of a woman’s menstrual cycle.
Many of the symptoms mimic fibroid tumors. Similarly, while some women never know they have endometriosis, other women experience significant discomfort and pain along with other symptoms including:
- Pelvic pain that worsens during menstruation
- Bloody urine
- Pain in the low abdomen
- Pain or cramping during intercourse
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Lower back pain
- Excessive bleeding
Pelvic pain — a major symptom for patients with endometriosis — comes from the lesions and scar tissue that often form outside the uterus. This tissue causes pelvic organs and tissues to adhere to each other. When they break apart, scar tissue forms, resulting in urinary and bowel issues as these organs become compromised. Severe issues require surgery to remove lesions and scar tissue to free organs so they can perform their functions effectively again.
Why You Need a Fibroid Specialist
Because fibroids and endometriosis share many of the same symptoms, incorrect diagnoses lead to failed medical treatment of fibroid uterus problems. Many women discover they have the condition that causes extensive bleeding only after undergoing ineffective treatment for other conditions, such as uterine fibroids.
The severity of your pain can vary dramatically. It’s possible to experience intense pain with only a mild case of endometriosis or have only mild pain with an advanced case. Other medical conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can accompany endometriosis, making it much more difficult to diagnose. It is essential to get properly diagnosed at a leading fibroid center in NYC, like VIVA EVE.
Types of Endometriosis Surgery
If the pain you’re experiencing from your condition has reached the point that medication isn’t providing relief of your discomfort, your fibroid doctor may recommend endometriosis surgery. At a center for uterine fibroids, your trusted surgeon can locate and remove this excess tissue inside your body.
The best fibroid surgeon has to consider several factors before deciding which endometriosis surgery option is right for you. For example, whether or not you wish to become pregnant in the future is a major contributing factor. Two uterine fibroids treatments may be considered acceptable endometriosis surgery options, but each has its own set of issues, such as:
Hysterectomy is a highly invasive procedure that involves removing part or all of your uterus. It wasn’t too long ago that this was your only option for endometriosis surgery. It’s still used to treat the most severe cases of this condition.
Depending on several factors — your overall health, your symptoms, etc. several techniques can be used to perform your hysterectomy:
- Traditional open surgery. Involving a five- to seven-inch incision in your abdomen, this surgery is done about 65 percent of the time. Removal of your uterus through the incision leaves a visible scar and requires a two- to five-day stay in the hospital.
- Minimally invasive procedures (MIP). These four surgery techniques strive to reduce hysterectomy recovery time and your hospital stay:
- Laparoscopic hysterectomy, surgery performed through one or more small incisions
- Vaginal hysterectomy, involving a small cut in your vagina and removing your uterus through the opening
- Laparoscopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomy, using a small camera’s guidance for vaginal surgery
- Robot-assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy, using a computer-guided system to perform the hysterectomy
No matter what type of surgery you have we will provide with easy to understand recovery instructions that drastically reduce your chances of infection and complications.
Aftermath and Recovery
You can expect relief from your pain and other symptoms following your endometriosis surgery. But it’s possible for tissue to regrow, which can cause your discomfort to return. Your uterine fibroid specialist in NYC schedules follow-up visits to monitor your progress and recovery.
The best fibroid surgeons in NYC are part of the VIVA EVE team. We are committed to providing highquality personalized care for each patient we see. We will partner with you to determine the best way to treat your endometriosis.