In this week’s Brazos Valley Physician’s Organization Journal of Medicine Report, Dr. Dan Dawson discusses Endometriosis.
It’s been estimated that endometriosis affects at least 10% of the population and probably more likely 20-25% of the population. In studies where they’ve looked at young women in their teens and 20’s presenting to doctor’s offices with pelvic pain, over 50% of them often have endometriosis at the time of surgery.
Treatment for endometriosis is varied. In general, the diagnosis is most easily made with a surgical procedure. This is usually laparoscopy which is minimally invasive. We stick a small camera in the abdomen and find endometriosis. At that time, we can usually remove the significant amount of it without removing the uterus, ovaries or any of the other reproductive organs.
Treatment involves both the surgery, as well as medical therapy which usually lasts between 3-6 months afterwards. Some patients do much better with prolong birth control therapy as well after that initial 6 month medical therapy.
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