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Endometriosis is a condition in which the tissue that lines the uterus—the endometrium—detaches and grows outside the uterus. Treatment for this condition can range from over-the-counter medicine to endometriosis surgery.
When endometrial tissue latches on to other parts of the body and begins to grow, it behaves as it always does in the uterus: It thickens, breaks down, and bleeds with each menstrual cycle. This can irritate the surrounding tissue, leading to scarring and pain. This tissue, called implants or lesions, is found most often in the pelvic area, but can develop in other parts of the body, such as the ovaries, bowel or elsewhere in the pelvis. Family history plays an important role—a woman who has a mother or sister with endometriosis is more likely to develop the condition.
Treatment of Endometriosis
In some cases, treatment for endometriosis can be as simple as over-the-counter pain medications such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve). If that doesn’t ease the pain, some women benefit from hormone treatment, such as birth control pills or other hormone-blocking drugs that can help shrink the endometrial growths.
Should these steps fail to alleviate the pain and symptoms, your doctor may recommend surgery. Endometriosis surgery can be done with minimally invasive techniques that involve small incisions, a quicker recovery and less risk of complications than open surgery.
Treatment of Endometrial Cancer
Elevated levels of estrogen can overly stimulate receptive uterine cells causing them to grow uncontrollably and turn into endometrial cancer. The main cause of elevated estrogen in American women is obesity. Obesity puts women of any age at risk for endometrial cancer. The main treatment for endometrial cancer is hysterectomy to remove the uterus.
da Vinci Robotic Surgery for Endometriosis and Endometrial Cancer
Surgical options at Northern Westchester Hospital include robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery, using the da Vinci Surgical System®. Robot-assisted surgery offers patients many potential benefits over traditional laparoscopy, including:
- Lower blood loss
- Lower risk of infection
- Short hospital stay
- Less scarring
Using the da Vinci Surgical System, the surgeon guides tiny sophisticated surgical instruments to perform the surgery. The da Vinci System’s greatly enhanced magnification, unique 3-D views of the surgical site, and highly flexible instruments enable the surgeon to perform with enhanced levels of precision, accuracy and safety.
Ask your doctor if da Vinci robotic surgery is right for you.
Northern Westchester robotic surgery options include the highly advanced single-incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS), in which the procedure is performed through a single incision, usually through the belly-button.
Other surgical options to treat endometriosis are resection and hysterectomy. Endometriosis resection involves removing all visible implants while leaving the uterus and other organs in place. Endometriosis resection is usually recommended for women who want to get pregnant in the future. Hysterectomy involves removing the uterus and possibly other organs. It is often recommended for women who are not planning a future pregnancy.
Women who’ve had robotic surgery using the da Vinci Surgical System report being able to get up and get around within two hours of a the procedure, and healing much more quickly than they expected. Women also express relief at suddenly being free of symptoms such as excessive bleeding, pain during intercourse, and persistent fatigue – unbearable symptoms many of them have suffered from for most of their lives.
Ask your doctor if minimally invasive endometriosis surgery is right for you. Request a consultation by completing our online form. Or call our referral line: 877.4 NWH DOC (877.469.4362)