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Know Your Options: Endometriosis

Know Your Options: Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a condition which causes debilitating pain and fertility issues in approximately 2-10% of women of reproductive age, often requiring surgical interventions.

Gamilah Pierre, M.D.

Signs & Symptoms

Though it is common for women to feel discomfort during menstruation, Endometriosis may cause pelvic pain and cramping before it even begins and lasting several days into your period. Common symptoms of endometriosis include:

  • Pain with intercourse
  • Pain with bowel movements
  • Pain with urination
  • And excessive bleeding

Unfortunately, one of the most heartbreaking side effects is infertility. Often times, women only discover they have endometriosis while receiving fertility treatments.

Robotic Surgery for treatment

If, after diagnostic testing and much consideration with a care team, surgery is chosen as the best option, Silver Cross Hospital offers two gynecological treatments specifically focused on the treatment of endometriosis.

  • Endometriosis resection involves removing all visible endometrium (tissue that grows outside of the uterus) while leaving the uterus and other organs in place. Endometriosis resection is usually recommended for women who want to get pregnant in the future. Endometriosis resection can be done using traditional open surgery or minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopy).
  • Hysterectomy involves removing the uterus and possibly other organs depending on the type of procedure. It is recommended for women who are NOT planning a future pregnancy.

Join us for a Free Lecture

To learn more about the causes and treatment options available for endometriosis, please join gynecologist Dr. Gamilah Pierre at Silver Cross Hospital on February 5, 2019 for a FREE lecture about Endometriosis.

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