Treatment for endometriosis depends on a number of factors including:
– the severity of symptoms
– the extent of the endometriosis
– the woman’s age and
– her outcome requirements (e.g. reduction in pain, improved fertility)
There is no cure for endometriosis, but the symptoms can be reduced with the right treatment. There are several management options for women with endometriosis, including analgesics and hormone treatment, however surgical excision of the lesions is the only treatment to remove the disease.
Therefore laparoscopic excision (LAPEX) is classed as the “Gold Standard” of treatment for endometriosis.
While not everyone is a candidate for endometriosis excision, and it doesn’t promise a definitive cure, LAPEX is associated with improved pain and quality of life for many endometriosis sufferers.
Laparoscopy is a surgical procedure performed under general anaesthesia that allows visual inspection through a small camera of all pelvic structures including: the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes as well as the peritoneal surfaces covering the bowel and bladder. It is the only way to correctly diagnose endometriosis and allows for the disease to be meticulously cut out and removed from all areas, without damaging surrounding structures or removing otherwise healthy organs. This takes place during the same surgical procedure, minimising risk.
After surgery you will have an overnight stay at Pindara Private hospital where your pain will be well managed. The worst of it is usually shoulder pain from the gas that is used during the surgery. This can last a day or so. You will have several small cuts that will be stitched or plastered and a temporary catheter. In most cases recovery from the operation takes up to six weeks. In cases of excision of mild/ superficial endometriosis, your recovery may be quicker than this.