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
Endometrial implants or scar tissue (adhesions) interferes with the functions of other
organs in the belly.
Endometriosis causes infertility.
the most common procedure used to
diagnose and treat endometriosis. If your doctor
recommends a laparoscopy, it will be used to look for and possibly to remove or
destroy implants and scar tissue.
Hysterectomy with oophorectomyHysterectomy with oophorectomy is for women who have no plans to get pregnant. It can help with pain for the long term. But after your ovaries are removed, the side effects of low estrogen levels can be severe. And when you start menopause early, your
risk of future
osteoporosis increases unless you take measures to
protect your bones.
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
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