Complete Women Care Now Offers Mini-Laparoscopies
Proven to be the most effective solution for endometriosis treatment in adolescents.
Women with endometriosis often report onset of symptoms during adolescence; however, the diagnosis is often delayed into adulthood.
- What is Endometriosis?
It occurs when tissue similar to the endometrium (the lining of the uterus) is found outside the uterus on other parts of the body. It affects girls and women during their most productive years, and can impact all aspects of their lives – school, careers, finances, relationships, and overall well being.
Generally, endometriosis is found in the pelvic cavity. It can attach to any of the female reproductive organs (uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries), the uterosacral ligaments, the peritoneum, or any of the spaces between the bladder, uterus/vagina, and rectum. Endometriosis can also be found, though less commonly, on the bladder, bowel, intestines, appendix, or rectum.
- What are the symptoms?
Most commonly endometriosis patients experience pelvic pain. Pain usually coincides with menstruation, but some women may have symptoms throughout their entire cycle.
- “Killer cramps” – cramps that do not go away with NSAIDS and/or impede the activities of daily living
- Long periods – periods that last longer than 7 days
- Heavy menstrual flow – having to change your pad or tampon every hour to two hours throughout most of your period
- Bowel and urinary disorders – including but not limited to painful urination or bowel movements, frequent urge to urinate, or diarrhea
- Nausea or vomiting
- Pain during sexual activities
Latest study shows that mini-laparoscopy is the best solution
In a 2015 survey conducted by Erica C. Dun, MD, MPH, at Yale School of Medicine showed that a timely referral to a gynecologist experienced with laparoscopic diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis is critical to expedite care for adolescents with pelvic pain. Once the disease is diagnosed and treated, these patients have favorable outcomes.
Endometriosis has been estimated to affect 10% to 15% of all reproductive-age women and 70% of women with chronic pelvic pain. Although most women with endometriosis report the onset of symptoms during adolescence, diagnosis is often delayed. Consequently, this delay may decrease their reproductive potential and functional outcomes.
Our highly experienced OB/GYN specialists at Complete Women Care GYN Surgical Institute are now offering mini-laparoscopies for endometriosis treatment in adolescent women. This surgical technique allows for even smaller incision sites than traditional laparoscopy.