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Endometriosis - Surgery

Although surgery doesn't cure endometriosis, it does offer short-term results for most women and long-term relief for a few.

Surgery may be recommended when:

  • Treatment with hormone therapy has not controlled symptoms, and symptoms interfere with daily living.
  • Endometrial implants or scar tissue (adhesions) interferes with the functions of other organs in the belly.
  • Endometriosis causes infertility.

Surgery choices

Endometriosis: Should I Have a Hysterectomy and Oophorectomy?
Hysterectomy and Oophorectomy: Should I Use Estrogen Therapy (ET)?

What to think about

Some studies suggest that using hormone therapy after surgery can make the pain-free period longer by preventing the growth of new or returning endometriosis.4

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: March 12, 2014
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