Endometriosis Is a chronic condition where tissue that behaves like the lining of the uterus is found in other parts of the body such as the ovaries, fallopian tubes, bladder, bowel and others. It can rarely also affect the diaphragm and lungs.3
The root cause of the condition is still unknown.
Your doctor will ask you about your symptoms and you might undergo one or more tests such as:
Your doctor will recommend one or more of the following options depending on your condition.
Minimally invasive endometriosis surgery is preferred over open surgery as it offers significant benefits such as shorter recovery time, reduced cost and less complications.
Be sure to ask your surgeon about minimally invasive endometriosis surgery.
In an open procedure, surgeons use a long incision so they can see into the body. But because this fairly large incision cuts through both the skin and muscles of the abdomen, patients can take several weeks — or months — to fully recover, and it is often painful.
In minimally invasive surgery, surgeons use a laparoscope (a slender tube-like device with a camera), other specialized instruments, and several small incisions to view inside the abdominal cavity and remove the endometrial lesions. This ensures a faster recovery and fewer complications.7
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3. Camran Nezhat, e al. Bilateral Thoracic Endometriosis Affecting the Lung and Diaphragm. JSLS. 2012 Jan-Mar; 16(1): 140–142.
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