While there is no cure for endometriosis at present, surgery is one option to relieve your symptoms and ease the pain.
Surgery may be recommended when:
- Treatment with hormone therapy fail to control symptoms
- Endometrial implants or scar tissue affect other organs in the belly
- Endometriosis causes infertility
Here are the two common surgeries for option:
- Laparoscopy: A laparoscopy is to look for and possibly to remove or destroy implants and scar tissue.
Laparoscopy is relatively safe. But there still exist risks, such as internal bleeding, hernia (a bulge caused by poor healing) at the incision site, infection and damage to a blood vessel or other organs.
- Hysterectomy: A hysterectomy is for women who don’t want to get pregnant. It can help with pain for the long term.
But the side effects can be severe. It will result in an earlier menopause and a higher risk of future osteoporosis.
Consult your doctor and have a full understanding of the risks before making an option.
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