Endometriosis is a condition where endometrial tissue is found outside the uterus, most often in the pelvic region and even over the bowel and bladder. In addition to discomfort, endometriosis can lead to chronic pelvic pain and infertility.
The SLUCare Center for Endometriosis offers a team approach to your care. General surgeons and specialists in pain management, physical therapy and fertility design your individualized treatment plan.
The goal of surgery is the complete removal of all visible endometriosis. This approach has been shown to have the potential to eradicate disease and prevent progression when performed by an experienced surgeon.
Surgery to treat endometriosis is performed at the the SLUCare Center for Endometriosis through a minimally invasive technique called laparoscopy, which leads to less postoperative pain, faster recovery and better cosmetic results.
"See and treat" laparoscopy is performed, so that all the endometriosis is diagnosed and treated during the same procedure, when possible. At the SLUCare Center for Endometriosis, we also employ various techniques to prevent postoperative adhesions or scarring, which can itself cause pain and negatively affect your fertility.
Studies have shown the potential of complete excision in experienced hands (even without postoperative long-term hormonal suppression) to eradicate disease, even in teenagers — a traditionally very difficult population to treat for endometriosis. Ongoing landmark trials are also being performed to further evaluate the value and curative potential of excision in the treatment of endometriosis. Such research benefits patients by offering access to the most cutting edge technology and treatments.
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