Staging is a way of describing how mild or severe a condition is. The
stage of the
endometriosis is determined by looking at the
fallopian tubes, and
ovaries and inside the abdomen and lower pelvic area.
Usually, this is done with a viewing instrument inserted through a small
incision in the belly (laparoscopy). But endometriosis is
sometimes first found during surgery for an unrelated condition.
Your doctor will ask you questions and do a pelvic exam. But your doctor won't know for sure that it's endometriosis until a surgeon can examine your body internally.
The most common procedure is called laparoscopy. During this surgery a thin, lighted tube is inserted into the abdomen through a small incision.
Women are usually unconscious when it's done. Many doctors remove a small piece of tissue and test it to confirm the diagnosis of endometriosis.