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Laparoscopic Endometriosis Resection at Our Los Angeles Center

What Is Endometriosis?

If you have endometriosis, tissue normally located in the lining of the uterus grows outside the uterus. It can be found on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, bowel and possibly other places in the pelvic cavity. Sometimes it can even grow outside the pelvis.

This extra tissue may be referred to as “implants.” During your period, the extra tissue swells with blood along with the normal tissue in your uterus. This swelling and blood can irritate nearby tissues, which can cause pain or cramps. Constant irritation may cause scar tissue known as “adhesions” to form. These adhesions can bind organs together and cause additional pain or discomfort. Adhesions may also make it difficult to get pregnant or maintain a pregnancy. In other words, adhesions caused by endometriosis can cause infertility.

Endometriosis is one of the most common health problems for women. Symptoms are usually experienced by women in their 30s and 40s, but can occur in anyone who has menstrual periods. The exact cause of endometriosis is unknown, although there are many theories. Unfortunately, there is no cure for endometriosis but there are several treatments for the pain and infertility it may cause.

Common Symptoms of Endometriosis

If you have endometriosis, you may have one or more of these symptoms:

  • Cramps and menstrual pain
  • Pelvic pain
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Infertility

 

Treatment: Endometriosis Resection

Your doctor may recommend a surgical approach called endometriosis resection if other treatments such as pain medication and hormone therapy do not improve the condition. A minimally invasive laparoscopic technique is used to remove all the abnormal tissue present in areas other than the uterus. A hysteroscope (small camera) is used to visualize the area and help pass in the necessary tools to remove the excess lining.

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