Endometriosis is a common female reproductive condition that affects more than 176 million women throughout the world. The condition occurs when menstrual fluids carry tissues lining the uterus (endometrium) back into the body. This tissue then becomes implanted in areas outside of the uterus, such as the ovaries, bladder, bowel, and other areas of the pelvic cavity. This can cause irritation and painful symptoms for women, as well as problems with fertility. Medical experts have yet to determine what causes endometriosis.
As the medical community continues to learn more about endometriosis, various treatment options have been explored. These include conservative approaches to help women manage pain and symptoms, as well as more invasive procedures. Hysterectomy, while at one time the standard method for treating endometriosis, is now used less commonly than before. This is due in part to innovations in minimally invasive procedures, includinglaparoscopic excision.
Whereas hysterectomy removes the uterus, laparoscopic excision removes only diseased tissue from the affected areas, leaving healthy tissues and organs intact. Both approaches are surgical procedures, and should only be performed by experienced surgeons.
Dr. Tamer Seckin – founder of Hysterectomy.com and the Endometriosis Foundation of America – is one of the nation's leading experts on laparoscopic excision for endometriosis. He is also one of the few accredited U.S. surgeons with advanced training for the deep laparoscopic excision of endometriosis.
Hysterectomy is generally considered a last-resort treatment for endometriosis, but some doctors may suggest the procedure – as well as the removal of ovaries (oophorectomy) – to women with endometriosis. Although unique circumstances may make hysterectomy an appropriate treatment for endometriosis, women should first explore other options.
If you have been diagnosed with endometriosis, it is always best to seek a second opinion to discuss hysterectomy and other alternatives. As an advanced laparoendoscopic surgeon, Dr. Seckin has over two decades of experience treating women with endometriosis and other pelvic pain disorders.