Endometriosis is tissue similar to the lining of the uterus that is found outside the uterus, on other parts of the body. This rogue tissue creates lesions that become inflamed, bleed, and break down causing pain, scar tissue, and inflammation. Even though it’s mostly found in the pelvis, it can also be found on odd places like the bladder, bowels, appendix, diaphragm, and even lungs
Signs & symptoms
Every woman experiences symptoms differently. Symptoms can range from “killer cramps” to heavy periods, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, pain with urinating, pain during sex, fatigue, brain fog, and infertility. Some women may experience all of these symptoms, while some may experience no symptoms at all. This colorful symptom profile is one thing that makes endometriosis difficult to diagnosis. To learn more about the basics of endometriosis, click the button below.
A diagnosis of endometriosis cannot be confirmed by CT scans, MRIs, or ultrasounds. The abnormal cells need to be collected via biopsy, during a surgical procedure called a laparoscopy. While symptoms can give doctors a suspicion of endometriosis, relying on symptoms alone may lead to misdiagnosis and improper treatment. If you suffer from any of the symptoms previously mentioned, book an appointment to speak to your doctor or a specialist. Preparing for that appointment is important, to learn more on how to do so click on the button below.
Though hormonal treatments are highly regarded as an acceptable treatment of the disease itself, in actuality, it only masks the symptoms.Excision surgery with an endometriosis specialist is the gold standard for effectively treating Endometriosis. Most surgeons perform a less successful technique, ablation, that simply burns away the top of the disease, leaving the root behind. To learn more about excision surgery, click on the button below.