Endometriosis: Understanding the Basics
Our Minimally Invasive Surgical Solutions Are the Gold Standard.*
When treating patients for endometriosis, our surgeons safely and gently remove abnormal tissue while preserving healthy tissue and vital organs. Our expert gynecologists use robotic-assisted, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, which offers a high level of precision. This is critical for removing all of the affected tissue that is causing symptoms. In the expert surgeon’s hands, the patient will have only minimal surgical incisions, with less scarring, less pain, and a faster recovery after surgery. This is considered the gold-standard treatment.
At miVIP, You Receive Treatment from Two Gynecologic Surgeons
During your treatment, a gynecologic surgeon will be at your bedside to monitor you throughout the procedure while your primary gynecologic surgeon operates. Our gynecologic surgeons are board-certified, with special expertise in treating “Endo” with the da Vinci Surgical System. This surgical advancement enables them to overcome the limitations of traditional surgery, achieving excellent results with even the most complex operations. Surgeries at miVIP are performed on an outpatient basis, allowing patients to return home the same day as their procedure.
Endometriosis: What Are the Causes?
The exact cause of endometriosis is not known. It is a painful condition that affects reproductive-aged women. It can impact adolescent girls and teens from the onset of menstruation, but the majority of patients we treat are in their 20s, 30s and 40s. The condition occurs when cells similar to those in the endometrial lining (interior tissue) of the uterus grow outside of the uterus. While usually restricted to the uterus and reproductive system, endometrial-like tissue can grow beyond the pelvic area, causing a range of symptoms. The abnormal tissue growth may lead to infertility and other issues if left untreated.
Top Treatments for “Endo”
At miVIP Surgery Centers, identifying the most effective treatment approach for “Endo” starts with a one-on-one consultation with one of our board-certified gynecologists. During your consultation, the physician will work closely with you to explain the risks and benefits of each treatment approach. Endometriosis is a very individual disease that manifests differently in each patient. For this reason, a treatment that works for one patient may not work for another. We will work with you to determine the treatment that’s right for you. Some of the most commonly employed and effective treatment solutions for endometriosis are:
Endometriosis Excision – This is minimally invasive surgery using robotic-assisted, laparoscopic techniques to remove (excise) endometrial-like tissue. The surgeon uses one or more small incisions to perform the procedure. This outpatient surgery offers the surgeon high visibility and precision, which results in more effective removal of abnormal tissue with less pain and a faster return to normal activity.
Endometriosis Resection – With this procedure, the woman’s endometrium (the lining of the uterus) is removed.
Hysterectomy – Hysterectomy is usually reserved for Andenomyosis, a condition similar to endometriosis, in which endometrial tissue grows into the muscular wall of the uterus. During this procedure, the entire cervix or uterus is removed. This procedure is reserved for the most extreme cases of Andenomyosis, as it removes the possibility of future pregnancy. A hysterectomy may be performed in conjunction with an endometriosis excision.
Endometriosis: Are You a Candidate for Treatment?
Signs and symptoms of endometriosis may include pelvic pain, painful menses, heavy bleeding, pain with intercourse, and an inability to get pregnant. Some patients also have reported bloating, nausea and headaches, among other symptoms. Candidates for our minimally invasive endometriosis surgical procedures are typically women still in their reproductive years, (in their 20s, 30s and 40s). Endometriosis and related conditions can impact reproductive health. If a woman wishes to preserve or improve her fertility, she should discuss this with the physician at miVIP, as this will help determine treatment.