ENDOMETRIOSIS: UNDERSTANDING THE BASICS
Gain a greater understanding of our minimally invasive surgical solutions for endometriosis*.
When treating patients for endometriosis, our expert physicians use the da Vinci® Surgical System, the latest state-of-the-art equipment developed for robotic-assisted surgery. The da Vinci is an advancement on laparoscopic surgery, offering a higher level of precision. This translates as minimal surgical incisions for less scarring, less pain, and a faster recovery after surgery. This approach enables surgeons to safely and gently remove abnormal tissue while preserving healthy tissue and vital organs. Our gynecology surgeons are board-certified and have expertise in using the da Vinci robotic equipment. Surgeries are performed at miVIP Surgery Centers on an outpatient basis, which are affiliated with many of the leading university hospitals in the United States and exceed the national requirements for quality assurance, with accreditation by the Joint Commission.
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, but the majority of patients we see 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 symptoms. The abnormal tissue growth may lead to infertility and other issues if left untreated.
ENDOMETRIOSIS: WHAT TREATMENTS ARE AVAILABLE?
At miVIP Surgery Centers, identifying the most effective treatment approach for endometriosis starts with a one-on-one consultation with one of our board-certified physicians. 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:
Minimally invasive surgery to remove endometrial tissue – Robotic-assisted or laparoscopic surgery is performed to remove (excise) affected 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. Learn More
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 for future pregnancy.
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.