Endometrial Excision

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Endometriosis is a fairly common condition that affects up to 15% of women, generally during their reproductive years. It occurs when uterine tissue grows outside the uterus and causes pain, cramping, severe bleeding, and may lead to infertility.

While there is no cure, women diagnosed with endometriosis have options - one of which is endometrial excision, or complete removal of the endometrial lesions. The goal of this minimally-invasive procedure is to excise the lesion(s), leaving “clean” margins and improving the symptoms while preserving the reproductive organs as much as possible.

The most current method of endometrial excision is laparoscopic, where a thin camera is inserted through tiny incisions. The camera guides the physician in the removal of the lesions at their “root”. In some advanced cases of endometriosis, all the damaged tissue may not be able to be removed. Your physician will assess and make recommendations.

Endometrial excision is generally recommended for women who plan to have more children. For women who are beyond childbearing age, hysterectomy is generally recommended. As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with endometrial excision, including excessive blood loss, infection, scar tissue, and complications with future childbirth.

If your physician recommends endometrial excision or hysterectomy, be sure to ask questions, such as:

  • How will the surgery be performed?
  • What is the expected recovery time?
  • Are there other options?

An open discussion with your physician can help alleviate any fears and help you come to the right decision. If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort, or if you’ve been diagnosed with endometriosis, your Capital Women’s Care providercan provide recommendations for relief or discuss the benefits of surgical options.

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