Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain

What is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a condition where endometrial tissue is found outside the uterus. It is ‘trapped’ in the pelvic area and lower tummy (abdomen) and, rarely, in other areas in the body.
 
Complete Women Care’s Board Certified OB/GYN, Heidi Gage explains the signs, symptoms and treatment options that we offer for your Endometriosis diagnosis.

Endometriosis Signs & Symptoms

If you have any of the following symptoms we suggest to schedules consultation with one of our specialists.
 
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Painful menstruation
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Heavy or irregular periods
  • Painful urination
  • Painful bowel movements

Endometriosis Treatment

Endometriosis is usually confirmed by a laparoscopy. This is a small operation that involves making a small cut, under anesthesia, in the abdominal wall below the belly button. A thin, telescope-like instrument (a laparoscope) is pushed through the skin to look inside. Patches of endometriosis can be seen by the doctor.

Sometimes an operation is advised to remove some of the larger patches of endometriosis. There are various techniques that can be used. Most commonly, a thin telescope-like instrument (a laparoscope) is pushed through a small cut in the abdomen. The surgeon then uses the laparoscope to see inside the abdomen and to direct heat, laser, or a beam of special helium gas to destroy patches of endometriosis. Cysts can also be removed via this kind of ‘laparoscopic surgery’ (keyhole surgery). Sometimes a more traditional operation is done with a larger cut to the abdomen to remove larger patches or cysts.